Negotiations reduce tensions between Russia and the United States. And the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) this week is still not finalized. Amid Western paranoia that Russia might lead an invasion of Ukraine, Moscow’s demands for NATO to stop expanding its influence in the east are unacceptable.
After the talks in Geneva Which took more than 7 hours on Monday (10 Jan), US officials And Russia has agreed to continue negotiations. Even though we haven’t seen any sign of meeting halfway
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov pledged to US Secretary of State Wendy Sherman that concerns about an invasion of Ukraine were “unfounded”, adding that Russia “has no plans and There is no intention to attack Ukraine, so there is no reason to worry about it.”
The US side argued that Russia had not provided convincing evidence that it would not invade Ukraine. There is also no explanation that sounds like Why do you feel yourself facing threats from much smaller neighbors? So far, live fire drills are required and 100,000 soldiers are now being sent close to the Ukrainian border.
“What is this about? Is it an invasion? Or just intimidating? Want to undermine? I don’t even know But it does not support a diplomatic resolution,” Sherman said.
Sherman said the United States was ready to take a reciprocal approach against Russia. both in terms of reducing confrontation missile deployment and various maneuvers But at the same time stressed that some demands of Russia For example, Moscow asked NATO to stop expanding its forces eastward near the Russian border.
“We will not allow anyone to block NATO’s open-door policy,” Sherman said.
The US deputy minister also warned that if Russia attacks Ukraine again “It will bring great prices and results. more than they had in 2014,” referring to when Moscow invaded the Crimea. and support separatist groups in eastern Ukraine.
Ryabkov criticized the US threats as “blackmailing and harassing” Russia, but still believes overall situation “Not at all hopeless”
The NATO and Russian delegations also met in Brussels on Wednesday after the talks ended, said Jen Stoltenberg. NATO secretary came out to admit to the media that “There is a serious risk of an armed confrontation in Europe.”
“The NATO alliance with Russia continues to differ in many respects … this difference is not easy to find a point of contact. But at least NATO and Russia had the opportunity to come to the negotiating table to discuss various issues. These are good signs.”
Stoltenberg He also reiterated NATO’s stance that only “Ukraine” and “NATO” have the right to decide whether Ukraine will join the alliance. In fact, this agreement has been discussed in principle since 2008.
However, he insisted that NATO was ready to hold further discussions with Russia on other issues such as arms control. missile deployment including various measures to help build trust between each other and warned that if Russia sends troops to invade Ukraine, it will be a political decision “Terrible error” and will surely be heavily retaliated against.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Krushko said Moscow was willing to discuss weapons and certification measures. But it won’t allow NATO to “choose” to accept only some of Russia’s offers and reject others.
Khrushko said Russia could not trust NATO’s claims that it was merely And if NATO attempts to control or intimidate Russia is ready to respond in the same way.
“If an attempt is made to find a weak point in the Russian defense system We will also explore some of NATO’s weaknesses,” he said.
“This is not something we want to choose. but there is no other way If this situation is not resolved, this tendency to escalate to violence is not possible.”
The minister emphasized that Moscow ready to use military action to ‘deflate’ security threats If diplomatic negotiations fail
Meanwhile, the Russian Interfax news agency cited a statement from Alexander Fomin, Deputy Minister of Defense which reminds NATO that if it continues to “ignore” various demands Russia’s conflict could escalate into an undesirable situation.
NATO member states expanded from 16 at the end of the Cold War to 30 today. This includes Central and Eastern European countries that were former communist states in the Soviet Union.
Russia pointed out This move is a serious threat. And there is a need to “draw a red line” to protect yourself.
The trigger for Russian-Ukrainian tensions began in 2014 following a revolution that toppled the government of President Viktor Yanukovych, who has supported the Kremlin and is against European cooperation.
Shortly thereafter, Moscow annexed the Crimea peninsula. and support separatist groups in eastern Ukraine. This led to a protracted battle that killed more than 13,000 people.
Besides in Ukraine Russia has also intervened in aid of the coalition government that has been subjected to uprisings in both Belarus and Kazakhstan.