The Kremlin assures that Putin “will need some time” before responding to the US and NATO response

Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov assured on Thursday that given the reaction of the United States and NATO to his proposal for security guarantees for Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin “will need some time” before taking the necessary measures, which he refused to support the expansion of the Atlantic Alliance to stop.

“Of course we will need some time to analyze that. We will not jump to conclusions,” said Peskow during a press conference, according to the Sputnik news agency.

The Kremlin assures that Putin “will need some time” before responding to the US and NATO response
The Kremlin assures that Putin “will need some time” before responding to the US and NATO response

He has confirmed that the president already has “all the papers” after US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan presented Washington’s formal response to the situation to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko on Wednesday.

The North American country’s foreign minister, Antony Blinken, previously pointed out that American President Joe Biden was involved in drafting the proposal “from the start” and therefore approved the final version presented.

He explained that the document had been agreed with the Ukrainian government and European allies. However, the Biden administration has decided not to release the document for the time being so as not to limit its room for maneuver amid rising tensions in Eastern Europe.

For his part, former Russian Prime Minister and current Vice-President of the country’s Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, has called NATO’s existence a “paradox” as the military bloc “has no enemy against the West”.

“The paradox (…) is that NATO now has no opponent who positions itself as a country or a community of states that do not ideologically accept the existence of the West,” he said in an interview with the aforementioned agency.

In this sense, he assured that, despite the existing problems and differences, Russia has never opposed the West. “On the contrary, we’re trying to build relationships and we’ve had various negotiations (…) but they haven’t listened to us, they don’t want to see us, so the situation is developing according to a different scenario.” he said.

He also stressed that Russia’s nuclear doctrine does not need “revision”. “As for a revision of the nuclear doctrine (…) I think it’s completely unnecessary,” said the politician, who was Russia’s prime minister from 2012 to 2020.

“It’s a universal approach that makes it possible to solve the most diverse tasks,” he added, referring to the promulgation of a decree defining the bases of Russia’s national nuclear deterrence policy, signed by Putin in June 2020.

On the other hand, Medvedev has taken the opportunity to refuse dialogue with those Ukrainian politicians whom he considers “liars”. “There’s no point in negotiating with politicians who lie, who don’t stick to the agreements, who take decisions against parts of their own population who don’t live up to their international obligations at all,” he stressed.

He also stressed that Ukraine is a “toy” in the hands of the United States and NATO, used to “put pressure on Russia and China, while declaring that it’s not worth hitting Russia with devilish sanctions “There could always be problems, but these problems undoubtedly have a solution,” he clarified, before assuring that attempts to stop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline “will continue”. “It’s trade, business,” not just politics, has clarified.

The senior Russian official has also clarified that it is “wrong” to speak of the existence of Russian military bases in Cuba and Venezuela, stressing that both countries have “independent” foreign policies and are “fully sovereign nations.”

In this sense, he has argued that “Cuba and Venezuela are trying to come out of isolation and normalize their relations with the United States to some extent” so that “it is not possible to talk about locating or creating bases like in the US to speak times of the Soviet Union.”

However, he pointed out that Russia currently has agreements on the presence of its troops in certain countries, such as Syria, but “to say that we want a base in a certain place or have already agreed to it in order to avoid tensions is completely wrong.” to provoke in the world”.

On January 13, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov mentioned a hypothetical deployment of Russian military infrastructure in Cuba and Venezuela. “I don’t want to confirm anything, but I won’t refute anything here either,” Riabkov limited himself to telling the RTVI TV channel.

For his part, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned at the time that Washington would respond vigorously to the eventual deployment of Russian troops in Latin America.

In June, during the Moscow Security Conference, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu emphasized military cooperation with Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. The Russian minister also highlighted progress in cooperation with Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

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