The Foreign Minister warns that Moscow “will not allow its interests to be grossly trampled”
MADRID, Jan. 28 (Royals Blue) –
The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, stated this Friday that, “as far as it depends on Russia”, there will be no war in Ukraine, given the rise in tensions in recent weeks, although he has warned that Moscow ” He will not allow his interests to be trampled on.”
“There will be no war, so it depends on Russia. We do not want to fight, although we will not allow our interests to be ignored, grossly trampled on,” Lavrov said in an interview with several Russian media, including the Sputnik news agency.
Thus, he stressed that the proposals for security guarantees presented to the United States and NATO “are not an ultimatum” and recalled that Western countries undertook a series of commitments within the framework of the (OSCE) not to strengthen their security the expense of others.
“Now, when (the United States) tries to present our proposals as an ultimatum, we remind them and we will get them not to avoid it, but to say honestly how they interpret what their president signed,” the Russian foreign minister said.
Lavrov’s words came after Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov said on Thursday that neither the United States nor NATO had taken Russia’s concerns into account when drafting the document in response to Moscow’s demands.
Peskov clarified that there is “little ground for optimism”, a line in which Lavrov himself expressed himself on Thursday by stressing that “there is no positive reaction” because the document does not respond to the “main issue”, the expansion of NATO and security guarantees.
For his part, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, has warned that there is a “clear possibility” that Russia launches an invasion in Ukraine during the month of February, according to the spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, Emily Home.