“Peace at any cost”: Russia threatens US military in Cuba

“Peace not at any cost”
Russia threatens US to send military to Cuba

“Russia is a peace-loving country, but …”, declared the Moscow representative to the OSCE talks on the Ukrainian conflict. Negotiations could fail, however, and the Kremlin even threatens military action in Cuba and Venezuela. Federal Foreign Minister Baerbock is banking on “patience and perseverance”.

If talks on binding security guarantees for Moscow fail, Russia will not rule out stationing its troops in Cuba and Venezuela. “I do not want to confirm or exclude anything,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, when asked about it on RTVi. “It all depends on the actions of our American colleagues.

Russia’s security is also threatened by the US military presence in Europe. More recently, President Vladimir Putin raised the question of how Washington would react if the Russian military were stationed near the US border.

On Wednesday, representatives of the 30 NATO countries and Russia held talks for the first time in two and a half years – on the Ukrainian conflict and security guarantees. Talks were also held that morning at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Delaying negotiations could lead to an “inevitable deterioration of the security situation of all states without exception,” Russia’s permanent representative to the OSCE, Alexander Lukachevich, told the meeting. “Russia is a peace-loving country. But we don’t need peace at any cost.”

A high-level meeting of representatives of Russia and the United States was held in Geneva on Monday. Russia sees its security threatened by NATO’s progress, and therefore calls for an end to NATO’s eastward expansion and, in particular, a renunciation of Ukraine’s admission. From a Western point of view, the deployments of Russian troops constitute a threat for Ukraine: according to the secret services, they aim above all to stir up fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine in order to persuade NATO to make concessions.

“A lot of patience and perseverance”

Moscow was disappointed with the negotiations. According to the Interfax agency, Ryabkov said there were no further talks with the United States at the moment. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke of a “series of confrontations on the world stage” and accused the West of being “arrogant”. Russia’s next steps would depend on the West’s response to Moscow’s proposals. “We will wait for it. And then we will determine our next steps.”

Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock is now campaigning for talks with Russia to continue despite the lack of results. “Even if there has not been any real movement for the moment, it is important to finally return to the dialogue table,” said the green politician on the sidelines of an EU meeting in Brest , in France. It is also essential that talks resumed not only within the NATO-Russia Council, but also within the framework of the OSCE.

On whether, in their view, Russia’s demanded withdrawal of US nuclear weapons from countries like Germany should be discussed, Baerbock declined to comment specifically. “Disarmament issues must and must be discussed. But now that you have just sat down at the table, I am not openly commenting on any individual consideration,” she said. “The important thing is that we are seated at the table, that conversations are taking place now. And that – even if it is difficult – with a lot of patience and perseverance.”

At the first NATO-Russia Council meeting in about two and a half years, the two sides exchanged for about four hours on Wednesday on the Ukraine conflict and other topical issues. According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, it was also agreed that a timetable for further meetings should be explored.

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