Biden administration officials on Sunday reiterated that the United States believes a Russian invasion is “imminent,” despite Ukraine’s recent downplaying of the crisis. The Pentagon’s press secretary, John F. Kirby, said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Understanding Russia’s relationship with the West
Tensions between regions are growing and Russian President Putin is increasingly willing to take on geopolitical risks and assert his demands.
For US lawmakers, “an extremely strong bipartisan determination to have dire consequences for Russia if it invades Ukraine, and in some cases to what it has done.” do,” said Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey and President of the Senate. The Foreign Relations Committee, appeared with the committee’s top Republican, Senator Jim Risch of Idaho, on Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Mr Menendez said that the law under discussion was “expected to include a variety of elements – massive sanctions on the most important Russian banks, crippling their economies, significant of the consequences for ordinary Russians and their accounts and pensions, more lethal assistance to Ukraine. ”
However, sanctions were not Mr. Lavrov’s focus on Sunday – NATO was.
He said, through the Russian Foreign Ministry, a formal request was sent on Sunday to both NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a European security alliance of which Russia is a member. with an urgent request to explain how they intended. fulfill their obligations not to increase their security at the expense of someone else’s security. “
“If they don’t intend to, then they have to explain why,” Lavrov added. “This will be the key question in determining our next proposals, which we will report to the President of Russia,” he said.
Although Mr. Lavrov did not say what the specific issue of NATO’s response was, the Kremlin was fiercely critical of NATO’s so-called open-door policy of granting membership to the former Communist bloc countries. without taking into account Russia’s security concerns. In his remarks, Lavrov reiterated the Kremlin’s frequent complaint that NATO, in the years since the fall of the Soviet Union, is closer than ever to Russia’s borders.
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