Ambassador of Russia to the USA Anatoly Antonov stated that efforts NATOaimed at the military development of the former republics of the USSR are unacceptable for Moscow. He stated this in an interview Newsweek magazine, excerpts from which are published in Facebook Russian diplomatic mission.
According to him, these actions of the alliance are fraught with the deployment of missile systems and other destabilizing systems that will directly threaten Russia. In this case, the risks of escalation and direct military clashes in the region and beyond will multiply, the diplomat noted. “Everything has its limits. We are, in fact, on the edge of the abyss,” the ambassador stressed.
In addition, Antonov said that in order to prevent such a development of events, Moscow had prepared draft agreements with the United States and NATO on security guarantees. He also added that these documents were discussed during the Russian-American talks, as well as at the platforms of the Russia-NATO Council and OSCE.
Former chapter Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov declaredthat US officials promised to answer questions about security guarantees that were discussed at Russian-American talks in Geneva next week. “The Americans promised us to try, but we told them that we need to try very hard, to make our counter proposals next week,” the minister said.
On January 10, negotiations were held in Geneva on guarantees of security and strategic stability between the delegations of Russia and the United States. As stated by the official State Department, in total, the discussion between the officials of the two countries lasted about 7.5 hours.