Russia raised the stakes in its confrontation with the West over the issue of Ukraine, after a prominent diplomat from the Kremlin warned that a Russian military deployment in Cuba Y Venezuela If tensions rise with U.S.
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The Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, who led the Russian delegation to Monday’s negotiations in Geneva, said in televised remarks on Thursday that he could neither confirm nor exclude the possibility that Russia establish a military infrastructure in Cuba and Venezuela.
The talks in Geneva and Wednesday’s meeting between Russia and the OTAN in Vienna they failed to reduce discrepancies over Russian security demands, while Russia keeps troops mobilized near Ukraine.
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In an interview with the Russian television station RTVI, Ryabkov reported that “everything depends on the actions of our American counterparts,” adding that the president Vladimir Putin warned that Russia could take military-technical measures if the United States acts to provoke Russia and increase military pressure.
Ryabkov said the United States and NATO have rejected Moscow’s main claim: a guarantee that the alliance will not incorporate Ukraine and to other former Soviet nations. He added that the great differences in the strategies of the two sides cast doubt on the continuity of the negotiations.
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The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, reported “some positive elements and nuances” during the talks, though he noted that they “failed” due to sharp disagreements over key Moscow demands.
“The talks were started to get specific answers to specific main issues that were raised and there were disagreements on those main issues, which is bad,” he said in a teleconference with journalists.
Peskov warned about a total breakdown of relations between the United States and Russia if the proposed sanctions against President Putin and other top civilian and military leaders are adopted. The measures, proposed by US Senate Democrats, would also target major Russian financial institutions if Moscow sends troops to Ukraine.
Dmitry Peskov criticized the proposals as an attempt to increase pressure on Moscow during diplomatic talks and said it would not work in any way.