Russia to the West: provide us with guarantees or risks unraveling security

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov attends the Non-Proliferation Conference in Moscow
FILE PHOTO: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov attends the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Conference in Moscow, Russia November 8, 2019. REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov

December 10, 2021

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia on Friday warned of the risk of a major confrontation with the West unless the United States and its allies give serious thought to ensuring Moscow’s security, and It also raised the prospect of a European missile crisis.

The comments by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov at a press conference in Moscow came amid rising tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine and a growing Russian military force near the country’s border. this.

In a top-level video call aimed at de-escalating tensions on Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin asked US President Joe Biden to guarantee Russia’s security to prevent NATO’s eastern expansion.

Russia said it was waiting to see where the idea led, although Ryabkov said it would be “naive” to expect guarantees to come. Bilateral relations are at their lowest point since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

“If our adversaries are on the other side – the United States above all but also other countries, its allies, the so-called like-minded countries – if they refuse and try to hit hit this, they will surely get a worse one. security situation,” said Ryabkov.

“Disagreeing means getting closer to a major confrontation,” he said.

He also called on the West to seriously consider a long-term proposal to impose a moratorium on the deployment of short- and medium-range missiles in Europe, which is banned under a missile treaty that collapsed under US President Donald Trump. Trump.

Ryabkov criticized the United States and its NATO allies for expanding their military capabilities in Eastern Europe.

“We need it before it’s too late to avoid a new missile crisis in Europe. The presence of short- and medium-range weapons in these territories is a direct path to an escalation of confrontation,” he said.

(Reporting by Tom Balmforth and Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Paul Simao) Russia to the West: provide us with guarantees or risks unraveling security


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