Contents tagged with NATO

  • Lavrov: Russia will retaliate if isolated by the West like North Korea

    Russia will find an answer to the West if it comes under tough financial sanctions, as a result of which the country, in fact, will turn into North Korea, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview with the Russian TV host Vladimir Solovyov.

    According to Lavrov, Moscow "does not yet see" that the Western authorities plan to introduce the promised "sanctions from hell." These sanctions, according to the U.S. Department of State, will include complete isolation of the Russian …

  • Kremlin: Russia’s demands for ‘security guarantees’ from NATO are not a bluff

    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that Moscow's demands for "security guarantees" are not a bluff.

    "The issue is urgent, the escalation is serious, the problems are big. We must put an end to the advance of NATO, NATO infrastructure, NATO capabilities further to the east. We must eliminate the possibility of Ukraine's accession to NATO," Ryabkov said in an interview with the magazine "The International Affairs”.

    He also pointed out that Russia demands an official withdrawal …

  • Lavrov: Russia’s talks with U.S. on ‘security guarantees’ will happen in new year

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced the approximate timing of the negotiations with the United States on security issues. "The United States, of course, is our main negotiator. And it is with the United States that we will carry out the main work of the negotiations that will take place immediately after the end of the New Year holidays," he said in an interview with the YouTube channel Solovyov LIVE.

    Lavrov also stressed that not only diplomats, but also high-ranking Russian …

  • Russia moves 10,000 troops away from Ukrainian borders ahead of talks with NATO

    Russia is withdrawing some of the forces stationed near the border with Ukraine, amid Western demands for de-escalation, to begin negotiations on security guarantees with NATO and the United States.

    More than 10,000 troops of the Southern Military District have been moved to places of their permanent deployment from training grounds, including in the annexed Crimea, Rostov and Volgograd regions, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Saturday, December 25.

    “Battalion …

  • Russian Foreign Minister threatens Europe with big war over Ukraine

    Ukraine's course to NATO membership could lead to a large-scale military conflict in Europe, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview with the Bosnian newspaper Oslobodjenje.

    According to Lavrov, the degree of confrontation that has been reached is connected with how American colleagues "patronize" their Ukrainian protégés.

    "The policy of drawing Kyiv into NATO and the possibility of strike missile systems appearing near our borders creates unacceptable threats to Russia's …

  • NATO puts its European forces on high alert as Russia amasses troops on Ukrainian borders

    NATO has increased the combat readiness of its Response Force in Europe as Russia continues amassing troops near Ukrainian borders.

    Die Welt reports, citing a senior NATO representative, that a decision to put 40,000-strong NATO Response Force on high alert was made by the North Atlantic Council because of the buildup of Russian forces near the border with Ukraine.

    At the same time, the level of combat readiness of the special forces and logistics services has been increased, and the …

  • Lithuania calls on NATO to strengthen its military potential near Russia's borders

    Lithuania called on NATO to deploy troops to Russia's borders, amid continued deployment of Russian troops near Ukrainian borders. "NATO must respond not only by deploying its troops to the eastern front, but also by strengthening its military potential. Strengthening the military potential is good, but we should have an algorithm, what to do in the case of scenario A, scenario B, scenario C," said Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda at a joint press conference with the presidents of Ukraine …

  • Putin threatens NATO with military response if Ukraine is accepted into Alliance

    Russia will give a military-technical response to the West if it continues its policy of aggressive behavior, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a board meeting of the Defense Ministry.

    According to him, Moscow "has every right" to ensure its security and sovereignty amid the threat of NATO’s expanding military infrastructure, which, if deployed to Ukraine, will reduce the time the enemy missiles can reach Moscow to 7-10 minutes.

    "What is happening now, the tension that is developing in …

  • Russia demands an immediate response from USA to its request for ‘security guarantees’

    Russia demands an immediate response from Washington regarding an agreement on "security guarantees", said the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov

    According to him, the United States is trying to convert this demand "into a slow-moving process."

    "We need this urgently, because the situation is very difficult, it is acute, it’s becoming more complex," Ryabkov emphasized.

    He added that Moscow is ready to immediately begin negotiations with the United States and NATO.

    The Kremlin …

  • Lithuania and Poland vow to support Ukraine’s accession to EU and NATO

    President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, President pf Poland Andrzej Duda and Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda signed a declaration in support of Ukraine's membership in the EU and NATO.

    "The common declaration enshrines clear support for Ukraine's membership in the EU and NATO and the fight against Russian aggression," said Zelensky after the summit of the Lublin Triangle in Stara Huta, Ivano-Frankivsk region.

    He added that the leaders of the Lublin Triangle coordinated steps to support …