Russian officials said Thursday that the US and NATO have little reason to accept the request amid heightened tensions near the Ukrainian border after the State Department made a series of proposals to the Kremlin.
Both the United States and NATO have sent a written response to Russia on security requirements prohibiting Ukraine from joining NATO or hosting US military bases. In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula and began supporting a separatist rebel group in Donbas.
“There aren’t many optimistic reasons,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Said Reporter responding to the correspondence between the State Department and NATO. “We cannot say that our considerations have been taken into account or that we have shown a willingness to take into account our concerns.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin will spend time analyzing the State Department’s response, he added.
“Dialogue is always necessary, even if our views are the opposite,” he said.
Written US and NATO responses were not published, but both have already rejected these requests, expressing their willingness to tackle other issues such as arms management, confidence-building measures, and limiting the size and scope of military exercises. Was.
Western nations have warned of economic sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine, since Moscow merged Crimea and Russia-backed separatists began fighting government troops in eastern Ukraine in 2014. It is based on the measures imposed.
Nevertheless, Russia considers the idea of armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia “unacceptable”. Said Alexei Zaitsev, Deputy Spokesman of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Thursday.
“We have repeatedly stated that no one in our country will attack,” Zaytsev added. “We believe that even the idea of war between our ethnic groups is unacceptable. But Ukrainian foreign bosses have a different idea. They are now using the scenario they invented. It seems that he intends to comply. “
A spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said NATO’s best way to ease tensions was to withdraw troops from Eastern Europe, but sought to curb the fear of an impending aggression.
“We have already reiterated that no one in our country intends to attack. We believe that even the idea of war between the people is unacceptable,” Zaytsev continued. ..
A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official, Vladimir Ermakov, said a nuclear missile crisis between Moscow and Washington would be inevitable without measures to ensure detention and predictability, TASS spokesman said. Stated.
Mr Ermakov said Moscow believes that Washington is preparing to deploy short-range and intermediate-range missiles in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden said he would not send U.S. or Allied forces to fight Russia in Ukraine, but NATO said it would keep troops on standby and strengthen Eastern Europe with more ships and fighters. rice field.
Reuters contributed to this report.