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Russia threatens retaliation if demands of Ukraine not met

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MOSCOW — Russia warned Wednesday it will rapidly take “retaliatory measures” if the U.S. and its allies reject its safety calls for and proceed with their “aggressive” insurance policies, ratcheting up stress on the West amid considerations that Moscow is planning to invade Ukraine.

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Russia has repeatedly denied it has any such designs, however, the US and its NATO allies are frightened as a result of Russia having massed an estimated 100,000 troops close to Ukraine’s border and launched a collection of struggle video games within the area.

On the coronary heart of the standoff are questions on Ukraine’s future: Russia has demanded ensures that NATO won’t ever admit the nation and different ex-Soviet nations as members and that the alliance will roll again troop deployments in different former Soviet bloc nations. A few of these, just like the membership pledge, are nonstarters for NATO, making a seemingly intractable stalemate that many worries can solely finish in a struggle.

Chatting with lawmakers Wednesday, Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov mentioned he and different prime officers will advise President Vladimir Putin on the following steps after receiving written replies from the US to the calls for. These solutions are anticipated this week — despite the fact that the U.S. and its allies have already made clear they’ll reject the highest Russian calls for.

 

“If the West continues its aggressive course, Moscow will take the required retaliatory measures,” he mentioned.

Whereas Russia is at the moment ready for the American reply, Lavrov indicated it wouldn’t wait ceaselessly: “We gained enable our proposals to be drowned in infinite discussions,” he mentioned.

Requested by lawmakers if Russia might increase army cooperation with Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua as a part of its retaliatory measures, Lavrov responded merely that Moscow has shut ties with these international locations and is looking to deepen them.

Earlier this month, Lavrov’s deputy pointedly refused to rule out the deployment of Russian army property to Cuba and Venezuela — far nearer to the U.S. than Ukraine — if Moscow’s safety calls aren’t met.

NATO mentioned this week it was bolstering its deterrence within the Baltic Sea area and the U.S. ordered 8,500 troops on larger alert for potential deployment to Europe. Western nations have additionally despatched planeloads of weapons to assist Ukraine to strengthen its defenses.

Amid the escalating tensions, Ukrainian officers have sought to calm nerves.

Ukraine’s Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba mentioned Wednesday that whereas the focus of Russian troops close to Ukraine poses a risk, “their quantity is now inadequate for a large-scale offensive.”

 

“They’re nonetheless lacking some key army components and programs to mount an enormous, full-scale offensive,” Kuleba informed reporters.

As others have, he is famous that inflicting alarm could possibly be a finish in itself. Russia, he mentioned, hopes to destabilize Ukraine by “spreading panic, elevating stress on Ukraine’s monetary system and launching cyberattacks.”

“President Putin can be glad to see that plan succeed in order that he doesn’t even want to show to army pressure to place Ukraine in a susceptible place,” he mentioned.

His feedback has been newest from Ukrainian officers who’ve sought to reassure their residents. Talking late Tuesday within the second televised speech to the nation in as many days, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy mentioned Ukraine was “sturdy sufficient to maintain all the things below management and derail any makes an attempt at destabilization.”

A number of rounds of high-stakes diplomacy have didn’t yield any breakthroughs within the standoff, however, one other try was going ahead Wednesday.

Presidential advisers from Russia, Ukraine, France, and Germany are set to fulfill in Paris to debate methods to revive a stalled peace settlement for eastern Ukraine.

In 2014, following the ouster of a Kremlin-friendly president in Kyiv, Moscow annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and threw its weight behind a separatist insurgency within the nation’s Japanese industrial heartland. Combating between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels has killed over 14,000 individuals, and efforts to achieve a settlement have stalled.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned that Moscow expects a “good frank” discussion at the Paris assembly.

Russia has repeatedly accused Ukraine of planning to retake the areas managed by the rebels — one thing Kyiv denies. On Wednesday, Lavrov once more alleged that the West is encouraging Ukraine to launch an offensive and rejected the Western discuss an imminent Russian invasion as “hysterics.”

Along with the army strikes, the U.S. and its allies have threatened sanctions like by no means earlier than if Moscow sends its troops into Ukraine, however they’ve given few particulars, saying it’s greatest to maintain Putin guessing.

On Tuesday, U.S. President Joe Biden informed reporters that Putin “continues to construct forces alongside Ukraine’s border,” and an assault “can be the biggest invasion since World Battle II. It will change the world.” He warned that there can be critical financial penalties for Putin, together with private sanctions, within the occasion of an invasion.

Requested to touch upon Biden’s assertion, Peskov identified that the Russian president and different prime officers don’t have property within the West however reaffirmed that such U.S. sanctions can be “politically harmful” for bilateral ties.

Britain can also be promising sanctions, and Overseas Secretary Liz Truss has urged European nations to do extra to help Ukraine.

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