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Russia ready to respond “militarily” to NATO if its security is threatened, official says – RT en français
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According to the Deputy Foreign Minister, Moscow is ready to respond “militarily” if NATO continues to threaten its national security. Moscow is calling for the opening of “immediate” negotiations around two proposed agreements.

According to information reported by the TASS news agency, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov said on December 20 that Russia was ready for a response if NATO continued to ignore concerns expressed by Moscow. in matters of national security.

“I said [précédemment] that we have the means to respond, including by military and technological means, ”said the Russian official. “I reaffirm it. We will have to counterbalance the activities [de l’OTAN] which are sources of concern for us – because they increase the risks – by our countermeasures, ”he said.

Sergei Riabkov also underlined that Russia’s aim was to avoid a rise in tensions and was aware of the need to maintain dialogue with NATO to prevent the security situation from deteriorating further. This is also the position adopted by Russian diplomacy, especially in recent days.

Russia wants “immediate” negotiations to be opened with NATO and the United States

On December 14, Vladimir Poutine called for “immediate” negotiations with NATO and the United States on security guarantees for the two parties, which he had demanded at the beginning of December from American President Joe Biden. On December 17, the Russian Foreign Ministry made public two proposed agreements submitted to the American side two days earlier, entitled “Treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation on security guarantees” and ” Agreement on Measures to Ensure the Security of the Russian Federation and the Member States of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ”. These documents provide in particular to prohibit any further enlargement of NATO – to Ukraine, as well as to any other country – and to prevent military activities close to the Russian border, in the countries of the former Soviet space. .

According to TASS, citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov, it is also the Deputy Foreign Minister who would be responsible for representing Russia in these potential negotiations.

The United States, NATO and the European Union (with France in the front line) accuse Russia of having massed tens of thousands of soldiers on the borders of Ukraine and of preparing a military aggression, which denies Moscow. The West is threatening Russia with unprecedented sanctions in the event of an invasion, but Washington rules out direct military intervention on the ground. For its part, the Russian side claims to have no account to report on the deployments of troops within its borders, and on the contrary asserts that Russia is under the threat of NATO which is arming Kiev and increasing the deployment of resources. air and sea in the Black Sea region.

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