(EFE) .- Russia faces security talks with the United States on the back of non-intervention by NATO in its backyard. Especially Ukraine, And with the sense that its results will shape relations with the West in the years to come.
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister and Russia’s in-charge Sergei Rybkov warned during talks with the United States in Geneva.
As for the Kremlin, nothing has changed since Russian President Vladimir Putin asked the West for security guarantees in mid-November. Russian invasion of Ukraine It was only a matter of time.
If possible, in several weeks a request turned into a written request: If you do not want me to invade the neighboring country, give me what I want.
Russia has paid a high price for peaceful coexistence with the United States, and the bond agreement will prevent the two countries from maintaining nuclear weapons outside their borders and returning to existing weapons pits.
The United States and its allies will not be able to deploy short- and medium-range surface-to-air missiles in targeted areas on the Russian border.
Moscow and Washington must refrain from deploying troops and weapons in areas where the rest of the country considers itself a threat to its national security. These include strategic bombers equipped with nuclear weapons or conventional weapons and surface ships.
The bond agreement would exclude the placement of nuclear weapons outside the borders of the two countries and the return to the pits of already established weapons.
Washington will not be able to establish military bases, use its infrastructure or enhance military cooperation with the former Soviet republics and countries that are not members of the Euro-Atlantic camp.
“I can only say that we have been somewhat disappointed by the signals we have received from Washington and Brussels in recent days,” he said.
Rybkov did not rule out the possibility that the first round of consultations would be the last due to lack of progress.
Even if Moscow denies it, everything is reconsidering the results of the Cold War. Following the default victory of the Soviet Union (1991), NATO undertook two expansions in 1999 and 2004, including the Eastern European countries and the three Baltic republics.
“That is, NATO is returning to positions equivalent to those in 1997,” Rybkov said when the law regulating relations between the two parties was signed.
That means the Atlantic Alliance will withdraw its forces and weapons from member states that share borders with Russia, such as Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. In addition, allies should avoid future expansion of the alliance, which includes Ukraine or Georgia, the main red line of the Kremlin.
“We need legal guarantees that NATO will not expand,” Ryapkov told the RIA Novosti news agency.
Washington cannot establish military bases on the borders of former Soviet republics and countries that are not members of the Euro-Atlantic.
This would limit military maneuvers at the brigade level to avoid incidents and to abandon “all military operations” in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
During the current crisis in which significant Russian minorities live in Kazakhstan, it has become clear what backyard Russia means.
After rejecting all calls for intervention that began twenty years ago, the Joint Defense Agreement (CSTO), a post-Soviet military alliance, immediately listened to Kazakh’s request to send peacekeepers.
Although the need for foreign aggression has not been met and the international terrorist threat raises many doubts inside and outside the Central Asian Republic, Russian air forces have begun to carry out their operations today.
Although US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken suspected that Kazakhstan needed “foreign aid”, Rybkov denied that the issue would be discussed, recalling that “if the Russians were in your home, it would be very difficult for them to leave.” In Geneva.
“What are we going to discuss with the Americans? It’s an issue they don’t care about,” he told Interfax.
“The West is paying the price now. Putin has reclaimed that old Soviet formula. The West will only ask for it if it fears Russia.”
Russia’s Andrei Krasov, a journalist with Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, blames “Western politicians” for the current situation.
“They did not go to work. Gorbachev liberated the world from World War III and gave them the opportunity to begin the 21st century together. The West, unfortunately, wasted that opportunity,” he told Efe from Paris. He recently published the book “The Last Days of the Soviet Union”.
In his view, Western leaders saw the end of the Cold War as a “military victory” and instead of creating a new world order for the benefit of mankind they thought only of maintaining power and maintaining the balance of the same forces.
“The West is paying the price now. Putin has revived the old Soviet formula. The West will only ask for it if it is afraid of Russia,” he said.
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