Russia asks U.S. and NATO to respond to Ukraine next week NATO news

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow “has lost patience” after diplomatic talks failed to achieve a breakthrough.

Russia strongly reiterates Require NATO will not expand eastward, despite opposition from a military coalition as Russian troops build up near Ukraine.

It added on Friday that it would not wait indefinitely for a response from the West.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow’s request for NATO to neither expand nor deploy troops to Ukraine and other former Soviet states was crucial to progress in diplomatic efforts to ease tensions in Ukraine.

He believes that the deployment of NATO troops and weapons near the Russian border poses a security challenge that must be addressed immediately.

“We’re running out of patience,” Lavrov told a news conference. “The West is driven by hubris, heightening tensions and violating its obligations and common sense.”

Lavrov said Russia wanted a written response from Washington and NATO to its demands next week.

among intense situation, Ukraine suffered a massive cyber attack on Friday that hit the websites of several government agencies.

this week negotiation A massive Russian military buildup near Ukraine during related NATO-Russia meetings in Geneva and Brussels, which the West fears could be a prelude to an invasion.

Russia, which annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014, has denied plans to attack its neighbor but warned the West that NATO’s expansion into Ukraine and other former Soviet states is a “red line” that cannot be crossed.

Washington and its allies firmly refuse Moscow has demanded security guarantees to stop NATO’s expansion, but Russia and the West have agreed to open the door to possible further talks on arms control and confidence-building measures aimed at reducing the likelihood of hostilities.

An estimated 100,000 Russian soldiers carrying tanks and other heavy weapons were massing near Ukraine’s eastern border when the talks took place.

The United States and its allies have urged Russia to de-escalate the situation by withdrawing troops to its permanent bases, but Moscow has rejected the request, saying it is free to deploy troops wherever it deems necessary.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Friday that troops stationed in Eastern Siberia and the Far East had been operating urgently across the country as part of a quick exercise to check if they were “ready to perform their tasks after being redeployed over long distances.”

“Particular attention will be paid to assessing the country’s transportation infrastructure to ensure the movement of the troops,” the ministry noted, adding that the troops will conduct exercises involving live fire after redeployment.

Russia seized the Crimea peninsula after Ukraine’s friendly Moscow leader stepped down, and in 2014 also backed a separatist armed uprising in eastern Ukraine. More than 14,000 people have been killed in nearly eight years of fighting between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces.