Moscow – A senior Russian diplomat will not rule out the possibility of his country having military infrastructure in Cuba or Venezuela, as the Kremlin has announced two recent visits.As “failed”. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who led talks with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in Geneva this week, said on Thursday that he “does not want to confirm anything.” [but] We will not exclude anything here either, “he said when asked if Russia could consider establishing a military presence in the United States.
“It depends on the actions of our American allies,” Ryabkov said in an interview with the RTVI channel on Thursday, adding that Russia could also take indefinite “measures” involving its navy.
This was a significant increase in tensions between the United States and Russia over the course of a week, which could be expected to keep diplomacy at the forefront and center. The current standoff between Moscow and Washington has coincidentally developed into a modern echo of the Cold War over several weeks, but Ryabkov’s remarks will surely resonate in the ears of Americans who either know him or him. Old enough to remember..
There was no immediate reaction from Russia’s allies in Havana or Caracas to Ryabkov’s remarks.
A few weeks ago, Moscow sent a list of “security guarantees” to Washington, urging NATO to suspend its expansion to the east and, most importantly, to join the alliance for Ukraine. The door should be closed. Following high-level talks in Geneva and Brussels this week, Sherman called some of Moscow’s demands “just non-starters.”
“We will not close the door on NATO’s open door policy,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “We will not agree that NATO cannot expand further.”
The Russian military has.With its border with Ukraine, it is raising fears that it is preparing another invasion of the country, as it did in 2014, when Vladimir Putin sent troops to annex Crimea. Was U.S. officials say the attack could begin in January or February and will involve 175,000 Russian troops.
Russian officials have sent mixed indications as to whether Putin really intends to invade Ukraine, denying any intention to do so, but insisting that all options are on the table. Including military action to “counter threats” if the West denies it. On its demands.
“The jury has decided which route Vladimir Putin will choose,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken told MSNBC on Thursday. “Is he going to resort to diplomacy and dialogue to resolve some of these issues, or is he pursuing confrontation and aggression?”
Moscow sees Ukraine as a potential security threat since the election there began a new leadership that severed long-standing close ties with Russia and instead shifted the country’s unity to the West. Ukraine is active for NATO membership.
In talks with NATO on Wednesday, Russia said that if the Western security alliance wanted to “reduce” the situation around Ukraine, it should “suspend all military aid to Ukraine and suspend arms supplies.” “
“Failed” negotiations, “extreme” measures
Earlier on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called Russia-US talks on security guarantees sought by Moscow “failed” and targeted senior Russian officials in Congress amid pressure from diplomatic detention. Criticizes US over new sanctions
“We view such documents and such statements in a very negative light – especially in the context of the ongoing negotiations, which may fail but still continue,” Peskov said during a daily briefing with reporters. There are talks. “
The proposed sanctions package, proposed by US senators on Wednesday, backed by the White House aims to “destroy” the Russian economy if Moscow invades Ukraine. The measures include personal sanctions against Putin and several other high-ranking officials, including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Prime Minister Mikhail Meschstein.
“Imposing sanctions on the head of government or the head of Russia is an extreme measure that is tantamount to severing ties,” Peskov said.
According to the draft, the US government will also have to investigate Putin’s personal wealth and assets and report on the assets of his family members or anyone else.
The last round of talks between Russia and the West, this time under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), was due to end on Thursday. As Poland begins its year-long presidency of the Security Council, Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau warns that the threat of war in Europe is “greater now than ever before in the last 30 years.”
“For several weeks now, we have been facing the prospect of a major military buildup in Eastern Europe,” Rao told the 57-member UN coalition.
Russia’s Ryabkov said Moscow would decide on its next steps after receiving a written response to its demands, which it expects next week.