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Russia pressed the West to guarantee in the context of Ukraine tension

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A senior person Russian Diplomats warn USA and their NATO allies on Friday that their own security would be compromised if they “torpedo” Russia with certain military guarantees.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin urged the West to provide guarantees to prevent NATO expansion into Ukraine or deploy troops and weapons there. Putin presented it during a video call with US President Joe Biden this week.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said at a news conference on Friday that while it was “naive” to expect such security guarantees soon, Moscow remain committed to seeing them done.

“If our opponent on the other side – first and foremost the US, but also other countries, allies, so-called allies of the US – refuse, try to torpedo the whole situation. work, they will inevitably find themselves in an even worse situation. security situation,” said Ryabkov.

Tensions between Moscow and the West have worsened in recent weeks as a Russian military buildup near the border with Ukraine has raised fears of a possible invasion. Russian officials have repeatedly denied plans to attack Ukraine and have in turn blamed Kyiv for their own alleged aggressive designs.

Ukraine is not a member of NATO but has strong backing from the military alliance. Ryabkov said Friday that NATO’s military infrastructure is getting “as close as possible” to Russia “despite warnings.”

Ryabkov called on NATO to “seriously consider” Russia’s proposal to suspend the deployment of short- and medium-range missiles in Europe, adding that Moscow sees such a deployment as a “direct path to accelerate the confrontation”.

Before it is too late, we need to avoid a new missile crisis in Europe.

Following the phone call with Putin, Biden announced future negotiations between the United States, top NATO allies, and Russia to address some of Moscow’s security concerns.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/nato-ukraine-united-states-russia-vladimir-putin-b1973862.html Russia pressed the West to guarantee in the context of Ukraine tension

JACLYN DIAZ

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