The United States has promised “decisive” retaliation if Russia sends troops to Venezuela and Cuba.This was pointed out by Jack Sullivan, the White House National Security Adviser.
“If Russia really starts moving in that direction, we will deal with it decisively,” Sullivan said.
This Thursday, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybkov, One of the top diplomats in the government of Vladimir Putin, who led his country’s delegation to the talks in Geneva on Monday, warned. The suspension of the Russian military in Cuba and Venezuela cannot be ruled out if tensions with the United States escalate..
“I do not want to confirm or (…) exclude it.” he said.
Ryapkov said Thursday The United States and NATO have rejected Russia’s demands for security guarantees and rejected early talks with the West.
Sullivan underestimated the talk of a possible Russian deployment to Cuba and Venezuela, describing the possibility as “bragging”.
In Cuba, the Russian official’s comment was classified as a warning to the United States.
“There is no threat that this is a plan, but a warning for Americans to put themselves in the shoes of the Russians.”, He explained Associated Press Former diplomat and international policy analyst Carlos Alzugare.
“Of course it will have repercussions, because the networks are hot. Obviously, the question is what Cuba thinks about it. I think it will remain calm, even if the Russians consult,” the expert added, recalling the ongoing relations between the Caribbean nation on the island and Moscow. .
Sullivan, on the other hand, said The United States does not believe Russia has decided to invade Ukraine, but is prepared to continue negotiations or respond “harshly” in the event of an attack.
“We are ready for both cases,” he said. Sullivan told reporters after a week of talks between the United States, its Western allies and Russia.
“We are ready to do that We are ready to take the necessary and appropriate steps to make progress (…) at the negotiating table and to protect our partners, We will support our allies and respond resolutely to any apparent aggression, ”he added.
Russia banged Tens of thousands of troops on the border with Ukraine, While demanding assurances that NATO will not move east.
“The intelligence community did not do one It is estimated that the Russians have decided to take a military action in UkraineSullivan said. “So, how are things now? Russia has the opportunity to sit at the table.Added.
In 1962, when Moscow deployed ballistic missiles in Cuba, the United States and the then Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear war.
Negotiations had to be held between Russia, the United States and their allies Western allegations that about 100,000 soldiers have been concentrated in Moscow in recent weeks Must be prepared for a possible invasion of the border with Ukraine, an objective that the Russian government denies.
Russia has demanded security guarantees from neighboring countries and former Soviet republics such as Ukraine and Georgia. Never allowed in the Atlantic Alliance, which in practice restricts their sovereignty.
Argues that its military position on the Moscow border Ukraine is a reaction to NATO’s growing and threatening presence In considering his sphere of influence.
In that context, the United States and the European Union warned against rejecting Russian demands for a “zone of influence.” They will not accept “blackmail” with the threat of using force.
“We are preparing for an open dialogue on how to strengthen security for the benefit of all. We must firmly reject threats and never allow attacks and threats to be rewarded”Said Michael Carpenter, Washington’s ambassador to OSCE.
With information on AFP, AP and EFE