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Deputy foreign minister says Moscow couldn’t exclude sending military infrastructure to the two countries.
By: Wall Street Journal, Jan. 13, 2022:
Russia’s deputy foreign minister said talks with the U.S. over the security situation in Ukraine had stalled and suggested that Moscow could dispatch a military deployment to Venezuela and Cuba, as the Kremlin seeks to pressure Washington to meet its demands to halt Western military activity that Russia claims poses a threat.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Thursday that Moscow couldn’t exclude dispatching “military infrastructure” to Venezuela or Cuba if tensions with Washington—which have soared in recent weeks over a huge buildup of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border—continue to rise.
“I don’t want to confirm anything, I will not rule out anything…. Depends on the actions of our American colleagues,” Mr. Ryabkov told privately owned Russian-language television network RTVi in an interview Thursday in Moscow. Mr. Ryabkov said he saw no immediate grounds for fresh talks with the U.S., after several rounds of negotiations this week yielded little progress in defusing the crisis in Ukraine.
In Washington later, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said U.S. and European officials would confer in the coming days, but that no dates have been set for further discussions with Russia.
“I’m not going to respond to bluster in the public commentary that wasn’t raised in the discussions at the Strategic Stability Dialogue,” Mr. Sullivan said of Mr. Ryabkov’s remarks about a potential deployment in Latin America, referring to talks Monday between U.S. and Russian officials in Geneva.
“If Russia were to move in that direction, we would deal with it decisively,” he said.
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The remarks from the senior U.S. and Russian officials follow several rounds of talks this week between the West and Russia over the military buildup on the border with Ukraine. Moscow has sent more than 100,000 troops there, claiming the troops are on a military exercise. That has triggered fears in Ukraine and the West that Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to invade Ukraine or is generating a crisis to exact security concessions from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Russia is demanding a halt to NATO’s expansion, notably into Ukraine; curtailment of the alliance’s ties with Ukraine and parts of the former Soviet Union; and restrictions on military deployments on the territory of the alliance’s Eastern European members.
Western officials have rejected those demands, saying countries are free to associate with any countries they choose.
On Thursday, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a 57-country grouping that helped to foster peace during the Cold War since its founding in the 1970s, discussed the Ukraine situation. The talks followed a U.S.-Russia meeting in Geneva on Monday and a NATO-Russia gathering in Brussels on Wednesday.
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