The Russian Foreign Ministry warned of a military response in case of diplomacy failure: Politics: World:

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Alexander Grushko stated that Russia will take measures to fend off the threat to its security by military means, if it fails to do so by political means. He stated this at a press conference following the meeting of the RF-NATO Council, reports RIA News

According to him, Russia has a set of military-technical measures, legal, which Moscow ready to apply if it feels a real threat to security. The diplomat noted that it is precisely such a threat that Russia feels when its territory is considered as an object for targeted strike weapons. “Of course, we cannot agree with this,” he stressed.

Deputy Head Ministry of Foreign Affairs also pointed out that during the negotiations of the Council, Russia – NATO Moscow honestly pointed out to the alliance the serious risks that could result from further deterioration in relations.

To date, we do not have a unifying positive agenda. Not at all

Alexander GrushkoDeputy Foreign Minister of Russia

Grushko notedthat cooperation between Moscow and the North Atlantic Alliance in the spheres of common interests is completely suspended. The deputy foreign minister explained that the lack of cooperation with the Russian side fits into NATO’s course of containing Moscow.

In addition, Grushko named condition for cooperation of NATO countries with Russia. If NATO countries want to cooperate with Russia, they must accept the role of the Russian Federation as a country that guarantees peace in the vast Euro-Atlantic space, he said.

Building contacts

January 12 at Brussels ended a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council, the topic of which was Russian proposals on security guarantees in Europe.

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The negotiations lasted more than four hours. It is clarified that they lasted longer than planned. The Russian delegation was represented at the meeting by Grushko and the deputy head Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation Alexander Fomin… On the part of NATO, the secretary general took part in the negotiations Jens Stoltenberg and representatives of 30 resident countries of the alliance.

This is a meeting of the Council became the first in the last two and a half years. During the dialogue, the parties planned to discuss issues of non-deployment of medium and short-range missiles near Russian borders, refusal to further expand NATO at the expense of the former Soviet republics and reduce the number of military exercises and other issues, as part of the draft agreements with NATO and the United States on security guarantees. In Moscow count on to hear an unequivocal answer to these proposals from NATO, said the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia.

Ambiguous signals

Amid talks with Russia on security in the US Congress presented a bill on new sanctions against Russia in the event of an escalation of the conflict in Ukraine. According to the initiative, it is planned to impose sanctions on operations with the Russian state debt, the banking sector and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, as well as the Russian leadership, including the country’s president. Vladimir Putin

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Moreover, in The State Department statedthat would like to leave new sanctions against Russia remained hypothetical. “We hope this remains hypothetical. For this to be so, we want to see continued involvement in diplomacy, “- explained the official representative of the department. Ned Price… Washington expressed hope that Moscow “will choose to be involved in the diplomatic process,” added a spokesman for the department.

In addition, the American side and its allies favor diplomacy and dialogue. “We expect that the Russian delegations in the dialogue on strategic stability, in the NATO-Russia Council and tomorrow in The OSCE will report to the president [России Владимиру] Putin, who, we hope, will choose peace and security, ”concluded Price.

In Russia, in turn, the threat to impose sanctions against Vladimir Putin threatened a complete break in relations. According to Senator Alexei Pushkov, restrictive measures against the Russian leadership will lead to “extremely destructive” consequences. If such a law is adopted in the United States, and even more so applied, it will be on the very brink of a serious aggravation between the United States and Russia and, possibly, even a break in relations, the member noted. Federation Council

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