A high Russian diplomat on Thursday refused to rule out a navy deployment to Cuba and Venezuela if the US and allies do not cease navy actions on Russia’s doorstep.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov mentioned he may “neither confirm nor exclude” the opportunity of Russia sending navy belongings to Latin America.
“It all depends on the action by our US counterparts,” the minister mentioned in an interview with Russian tv community RTVI, citing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warning that Moscow may take unspecified “military-technical measures” if the US and its allies fail to heed its calls for.
There are ongoing talks between the US and Russia over a troop buildup close to Ukraine.
Western international locations have warned Russia of extreme penalties if it invades the neighbouring nation whereas Russia has positioned calls for on NATO to not settle for ex-Soviet nations as new members.
US nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan dismissed Ryabkov’s statements on Thursday a couple of potential Russian deployment to Latin America as “bluster”.
Speaking to reporters in Washington, Sullivan famous that no additional talks have been scheduled, however “we’re prepared to continue with diplomacy to advance security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic.”
Ryabkov mentioned a refusal by the US and its allies to think about the important thing Russian demand for ensures towards NATO’s enlargement to Ukraine and different former Soviet states makes it laborious to debate the confidence-building steps that Washington says it’s prepared to barter.
“The US wants to conduct a dialogue on some elements of the security situation … to ease the tensions and then continue the process of geopolitical and military development of the new territories, coming closer to Moscow,” he mentioned. “We have nowhere to retreat.”
Ryabkov described US and NATO navy deployments and drills close to Russia’s territory as extraordinarily destabilising.
He mentioned US nuclear-capable strategic bombers flew simply 15 kilometres from Russia’s border.
“We are constantly facing a provocative military pressure intended to test our strength,” he mentioned, including that he questioned how Americans would react “if our bombers fly within 15 kilometres off some US bases on the East or the West Coast.”
The high-stakes diplomacy occurred as an estimated 100,000 Russian troops with tanks and different heavy weapons are massed close to Ukraine’s jap border. On Thursday, Sullivan reiterated issues that Moscow could also be laying the groundwork for invading Ukraine by fabricating allegations that Kyiv is making ready to behave towards Russia.
He mentioned the US can be making public a few of the causes for that evaluation within the coming days.
In 2014, Russia seized the Crimean Peninsula after the ouster of Ukraine’s Moscow-friendly chief, throwing its weight behind a separatist insurgency in jap Ukraine.
More than 14,000 individuals have been killed in practically eight years of preventing between the Russia-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces.