The Russian Foreign Ministry rejects the demands of the United States and NATO.The Russian Foreign Ministry said that they would not give guarantees of non-aggression / REUTERS
Russia refuses to guarantee the US and NATO a non-aggression against Ukraine.
This is evidenced by the statement of the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov, writes the Russian ” Interfax “.
According to the official, the corresponding requirements are considered inappropriate in Moscow.
“They demand from us certain measures on our territory, which causes a natural rejection in us, both in essence and in the form of such a demand,” Ryabkov said.
According to him, the Russian Federation provided all guarantees during the signing of the 1994 Budapest Memorandum.
As Bloomberg wrote, the Biden administration, noting the ineffectiveness of negotiations with Putin, is pushing EU allies to complete the negotiation of a package of economic and energy sanctions against Russia in the event of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Washington believes that agreeing on specific options for sanctions will send a powerful signal to Putin.
Possible offensive of the Russian Federation: what is known
The Washington Post, citing the statements of its anonymous sources, wrote that Russia has resumed its military build-up on the border with Ukraine. In addition, videos with echelons of military equipment, in particular tanks and missiles, which are being transported to the southern and western regions of Russia, began to appear on social networks. According to the newspaper, the US and Europe drew attention to this after the completion of the Russian-Belarusian military exercises “West-2021”.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine then denied the information spread by The Washington Post about the buildup of military forces by Russia near the Ukrainian border. The data on the movement of Russian troops published in the media were called by the Ministry of Defense “an element of special information and psychological actions, which are, in fact, planned measures within the framework of the movement of troops after the completion of the exercises.”
Later, Politico released fresh satellite photographs , which confirm reports that Russia is again concentrating troops and military equipment on the border with Ukraine.
Subsequently, the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, in an interview with the Military Times, said that Russia had concentrated 92 thousand troops near the border with Ukraine and was preparing for an invasion in late January – early February 2022.
Recently, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba announced that Russia has deployed 115,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders .
According to the Financial Times, Western intelligence assumes a “high likelihood of destabilization” of Ukraine by Russia this winter.
Moscow denies accusations of preparing an attack on Ukraine and, conversely, points to the intensification of NATO forces near the Russian borders.
At a press conference on November 26, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed the opinion that an escalation on the part of Russia on the border by the militants it supports in Donbas could happen any day.