Western countries are not serious about Moscow’s warnings about “red lines” in Ukraine, the Russian president said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed his foreign ministry to keep Western countries at a “certain level of tension.” Apparently, we are talking about reactions to the pulling-in of Russian troops to the Ukrainian borders.
Western countries, according to Putin, are not serious about Moscow’s warnings about “red lines”, including Ukraine’s movement to NATO and its armaments. Correspondent.net tells the details.
Russia’s concerns are ignored
Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at an expanded meeting of the collegium of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that the state of tension in the West must be maintained as long as possible to ensure the security of Russia. A transcript of his speech is published on the Kremlin website.
“Our recent warnings are making themselves felt, they have a certain effect. A certain tension has arisen there,” the Russian president said.
Putin called on Russian diplomats to maintain this state for as long as possible, “so that it would not occur to them to arrange any unnecessary conflict for us on our western borders.”
Addressing Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Putin instructed to seek to provide Russia with serious, long-term security guarantees in the western direction.
“Despite the fact that the relationship between Russia and our Western partners, including the United States, was unique, the level of relations was almost allied, our concerns and warnings about NATO’s eastward expansion were completely ignored,” Putin said.
He added that several waves of NATO expansion have brought the bloc’s military infrastructure close to Russia’s borders. “And in Romania and Poland, missile defense systems have already been deployed, which can easily be used for strike systems,” Putin said about his fears.
“Our partners are very peculiar and, how to put it mildly, they have a superficial attitude to all our warnings and talks about” red lines, “the Russian president complained.
As an example of crossing the “red lines”, Putin named the supply of “lethal modern weapons” to Ukraine and the “provocative military exercises in the Black Sea“Strategic bombers of NATO countries fly at a distance of 20 kilometers from the borders of Russia, this goes beyond any limits,” Putin said indignantly.
According to him, “the issue of providing Russia with serious long-term guarantees of security in this direction should be raised.” He set this task to Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov. This is required, according to Putin’s plan, in order to consolidate the “red lines”, which, in his opinion, should not be crossed by the West.
In addition, the head of the Kremlin accused Ukraine of “demonstratively” failing to fulfill its obligations both under the Minsk package of measures and under the agreements reached in the Normandy format. The conflict, he said, is far from being resolved.
According to Putin, negotiations on the settlement of the conflict in Donbass are coming to a standstill due to the fact that France and Germany “indulge the course of the Kiev leadership,” according to Moscow, allegedly aimed at undermining agreements.
Note that on November 15, German Foreign Minister Heiko Mas and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian issued a joint statement in which they expressed regret that Russia “has repeatedly refused to negotiate at the level of foreign ministers in the Normandy format.” They confirmed their readiness to meet shortly.
At the end of October, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced the use by the military of the Turkish Bayraktar attack drone in the Donbas. Moscow called this a violation of the Minsk agreements and Kiev’s preparation for the violent return of Donbass.
Shortly after reports of the use of the drone in the Western media, a series of publications appeared that Russia was again concentrating troops and military equipment closer to the Ukrainian border. The West suspected Moscow of preparing a new invasion and sent destroyers to the Black Sea for the exercises, in which Ukraine also took part.
The United States and NATO have repeatedly asked Russia in recent days for “transparency” in troop movements. There, the pulling together of forces is called their internal affair and denies the existence of plans to invade Ukraine.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on November 19 once again turned to Russia due to the movement of troops near the border with Ukraine.
“We also see a large and unusual concentration of Russian troops near Ukraine’s borders. It is imperative that Russia demonstrates transparency in building up its military power, provides de-escalation and reduces tensions,” he said.
Stoltenberg added that NATO is closely monitoring the situation and continues to provide political and practical support to Ukraine. About this in the material West will send military.
On October 19, Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, responded to a request from journalists to clarify what the Russian president’s order given to Lavrov the day before to keep the Western countries in “certain tension” meant.
According to Peskov, Russia will negotiate security guarantees with everyone who “has a say” in ensuring security in Europe. According to him, Putin has not yet discussed this issue with either German Chancellor Angela Merkel or US President Joe Biden.
He also said that the deployment of NATO’s military infrastructure and the arming of Ukraine are forcing Russia to take measures to ensure its security. The journalists clarified whether the statement on the non-entry of Ukraine into NATO is one of such guarantees.
“The fact is that Ukraine is a sovereign state, and unlike other countries, we still do not interfere in the internal affairs of other states, but, again, a repetition of the recent past is an extremely undesirable and unacceptable scenario for us,” Peskov emphasized.
The day before, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov met with US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin, who was in Kiev a month ago and assured that Washington is committed to the idea of Ukraine joining NATO.
At a meeting in Washington on November 18, the head of the Pentagon noted that the United States is closely monitoring unusual Russian military activity near Ukraine’s borders.
“And we have clearly expressed our concern about Russia’s destabilizing activities and our desire for greater transparency,” the US Secretary of Defense said.
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