Russia threatens retaliation against US if security demands on NATO and Ukraine are not met


Russia threatens retaliation against US if security demands on NATO and Ukraine are not met

Moskow - Russia advised Wednesday it would snappily take “ retaliatory measures” if theU.S. and its abettors reject its security demands over NATO and Ukraine, raising pressure on the West amid enterprises that Moscow is planning to foray its neighbor. 


 The Kremlin has constantly denied it has any similar designs, but theU.S. and its NATO abettors are upset about Russia planting an estimated colors near Ukraine and launching a series of sweeping military pushes. 

As part of the drills, motorized army and ordnance units in southwestern Russia rehearsed firing live security, warplanes in Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea performed bombing runs, dozens of warships sailed for training exercises in the Black Sea and the Arctic, and Russian fighter spurts and paratroopers arrived in Belarus for common war games. 


 At stake is the future of Ukraine Russia has demanded guarantees that NATO will noway admit the country and otherex-Soviet nations as members and that the alliance will roll back troop deployments in other former Soviet bloc nations. Some of these, like the class pledge, are nonstarters for NATO, creating a putatively intractable stalemate that numerous fear can only end in a war. 

 Speaking to lawgivers, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he and other top officers will advise President Vladimir Putin on the coming way after entering written replies from the United States to the demands. Those answers are anticipated this week — indeed though theU.S. and its abettors have formerly made clear they will reject Russia's top demands. 


 Still, Moscow will take the necessary retaliatory measures,” Lavrov said,"If the West continues its aggressive course. 

But he indicated Russia wouldn't stay ever. “ We wo n’t allow our proffers to be drowned in endless conversations,” he said. 


 He mocked fears of an imminent irruption, saying that “ our Western associates have driven themselves up into a jingoist delirium,” adding sardonically that “ the Ukrainian nobility itself has grown a bit spooked by the Western dread.” 

 Asked by lawgivers if Russia could expand military cooperation with Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua as part of its retaliatory measures, Lavrov responded that Moscow has close ties with those countries in the Western Semicircle and is seeking to consolidate them. He noted Putin spoke by phone with the three nations' leaders last week and they agreed to “ consider ways of farther heightening our strategic cooperation.” 


 Before this month, Lavrov’s deputy pointedly refused to rule out the deployment of Russian military means to Cuba and Venezuela if Moscow’s security demands are n’t met. 

The countries' defense ministries were planning further connections to bolster military cooperation, Russia’s minister to Cuba Andrei Guskov told the Interfax news agency. 


 NATO said this week it was bolstering its deterrence in the Baltic Sea region and theU.S. ordered colors on advanced alert for implicit deployment to Europe. Western nations have also transferred planeloads of munitions to help Ukraine strengthen its defenses. 

Amid the raising pressures, Ukrainian officers have sought to calm jitters. 


 Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that while the attention of Russian colors near Ukraine poses a trouble, “ their number is now inadequate for a large-scale descent.” 

“ They're still missing some crucial military rudiments and systems to mount a big, full-scale descent,” Kuleba told journalists. 


 As others have refocused out, he noted that causing alarm could be an end in itself. Russia, he said, hopes to destabilize Ukraine by “ spreading fear, raising pressure on Ukraine’s fiscal system and launching cyberattacks.” 

“ President Putin would be happy to see that plan succeed so that he does n’t indeed need to turn to military force to put Ukraine in a vulnerable position,” he said. 


 His commentary were rearmost from Ukrainian officers seeking to assure their citizens. Speaking late Tuesday in speech to the nation, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukraine was" strong enough to keep everything under control and ail any attempts at destabilization.” 

Amid the pressures, theU.S., Britain, Australia, Germany and Canada have moved to withdraw some of their diplomats and dependents from Kyiv. 


 Several rounds of high- stakes tactfulness have failed to yield any improvements, but another attempt was going forward Wednesday. 

Presidential counsels from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany were in Paris to bandy ways to revive a stalled peace agreement for eastern Ukraine. 


 In 2014, following the ouster of a Kremlin-friendly chairman in Kyiv, Moscow adjoined Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and threw its weight behind a separatist insurrection in the country’s eastern artificial heartland. Fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia- backed revolutionists has killed over people, and sweats to reach a agreement have stalled. 

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Moscow expects a “ good foursquare” talk at the Paris meeting. 


 Russia accuses Ukraine of planning to regain the areas controlled by the revolutionists — commodity Kyiv denies. On Wednesday, Lavrov again contended the West is encouraging Ukraine to launch an descent and rejected talk about an imminent Russian irruption as “ hysterics.” 

Andrei Turchak, head of the Kremlin's main political party, United Russia, suggested that Moscow respond to the delivery of Western munitions to Ukraine by transferring munitions to the revolutionists. Since the launch of the conflict, Russia has been indicted of transferring colors and munitions to the secessionists, commodity it has denied. 


 TheU.S. and its abettors also have hovered harsh warrants if Moscow sends its colors into Ukraine, but they've given many details. 

On Tuesday,U.S. President Joe Biden said Putin “ continues to make forces along Ukraine’s border,” and an attack “ would be the largest irruption since World War II. It would change the world.” He advised that there would be serious profitable consequences for Putin, including particular warrants, in the event of an irruption. 


 Asked to note on Biden's statement, Peskov refocused out that Putin and other top officers do not have means in the West but reaffirmed that similarU.S. warrants would be “ politically destructive” for bilateral ties. 

Britain also promised warrants, and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has prompted European nations to do further to support Ukraine. TheU.K. has transferredanti-tank munitions to Ukraine, though it has ruled out transferring combat colors. 


 “ We ’ll be legislating to toughen up our warrants governance and make sure we're completely suitable to hit both individualities and companies and banks in Russia in the event of an irruption,” she told the BBC. “ What’s important is that all of our abettors do the same.” 

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock stressed at a meeting with her Dutch counterpart in Berlin that the European Union’s thing “ is and remains the defense of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” 


 “ Any farther aggression by Russia against Ukraine would have serious consequences. Politically, strategically, and inversely economically and financially,” Baerbock said. 

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