Russian Diplomat Says He Won't Start War As Tensions Rise In Ukraine


Russian Diplomat Says He Won't Start War As Tensions Rise In Ukraine
Ukrainian forces took part in exercises at a shooting range in the Kherson region last week

MOSCOW - Russia's top diplomat said Friday that Moscow won't start a war in Ukraine but advised that it wouldn't allow the West to champ on its security interests, amid fears it's planning to foray its neighbor. 


U.S. President Joe Biden advised Ukraine’s leader a day before that there's a “ distinct possibility” that Russia could take military action against the former Soviet state in February. 

“ There will not be a war as far as it depends on the Russian Federation, we do not want a war,” Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a live interview with Russian radio stations. “ But we will not let our interests be rudely tromped on and ignored.” 


 Pressures have soared in recent weeks, and the United States and its NATO abettors warily eyed a buildup of further than Russian colors near Ukraine, fussing that Moscow was preparing to attack. Russia has constantly denied having any similar plans, but has demanded that NATO pledge Ukraine will noway be allowed to join and that the alliance roll back deployments of colors and military outfit in Eastern Europe. 

TheU.S. and NATO formally rejected those demands this week, though Washington outlined areas where conversations are possible, offering stopgap that there could be a way to avoid war. 


 Russia's sanctioned response to those proffers will come from President Vladimir Putin, but the Kremlin has said there was “ little ground for sanguinity.” 

Lavrov echoed that grim note Friday. 


 “ While they say they wo n’t change their positions, we wo n’t change ours,” he said. “ I do n’t see any room for concession then.” 

Putin opened the daily meeting of his Security Council on Friday, saying only that it would address foreign policy issues. 


 Latterly, in a videotape call with French President Emmanuel Macron, the Kremlin said he emphasized that theU.S. and NATO failed to consider Russia's crucial demands preventing NATO's expansion, stopping the deployment of alliance munitions near Russian borders and rolling back its forces from Eastern Europe. 

At the same time, Putin spoke in favor of continuing addresses about a stalled peace agreement for eastern Ukraine, where Russia- backed revolutionists are fighting Ukrainian forces. Those addresses are among Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, and presidential envoys from the four countries met in Paris on Wednesday and agreed to have another meeting in Berlin in two weeks. 


Following the 2014 ouster of a Kremlin-friendly chairman in Kyiv, Moscow adjoined Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and began backing the insurrection in the country’s eastern artificial heartland. 

 Before, Lavrov noted that theU.S. suggested the two sides could talk about limits on the deployment of intermediate- range dumdums, restrictions on military drills and rules to help accidents between warships and aircraft. He said that Russia proposed agitating those issues times ago — but Washington and its abettors noway took them up on it until now. 


 While he described theU.S. offers as reasonable, he also emphasized that Russia's main enterprises on NATO. He noted that transnational agreements say that the security of one nation mustn't come at the expenditure of others'— and that he'd shoot letters to ask his Western counterparts to address that obligation. 

“ It'll be hard for them to wriggle out from answering why they are not fulfilling the scores sealed by their leaders not to strengthen their security at the expenditure of others,” he said. 


 As pressures make, Washington advised Moscow of ruinous warrants if it invades Ukraine, including penalties targeting top Russian officers and crucial profitable sectors. Several elderlyU.S. officers also said Thursday that Germany would not allow a recently constructed channel — which is meant to bring gas directly from Russia — to begin operations if Russia invades Ukraine. 

 Asked about possible warrants, Lavrov said that Moscow had advised Washington that their preface would amount to a complete ramifying of ties. 


 While Moscow and the West are milling their coming way, NATO said it was bolstering its deterrence in the Baltic Sea region, and theU.S. ordered colors on advanced alert for implicit deployment to Europe. 

Russia has launched a series of military drills involving motorized army and ordnance units in southwestern Russia, warplanes in Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea, and dozens of warships in the Black Sea and the Arctic. Russian colors have also headed to Belarus for sweeping common drills, raising Western fears that Moscow could carry an attack on Ukraine from the north. The Ukrainian capital is just 75 kilometers (50 country miles) from the border with Belarus. 



Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov told congress Friday that the total number of Russian colors near Ukraine — about — is similar to Moscow's military buildup in the spring of 2021, when Moscow ultimately pulled its forces back after massive military exercises. 


 “ We have not observed any events or conduct of military character that significantly differ from what was going on last spring,” with the exception of the deployment to Belarus, Reznikov said. 

But that has so far not comforted numerous in the West. Biden advised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Thursday's call that theU.S. believed there was a high degree of liability that Russia could foray when the ground freezes and Russian forces could attack Ukrainian home from north of Kyiv, according to two people familiar with the discussion who weren't authorized to note intimately. 

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