The Russian ambassador to Ireland has stated: “War is not in our plans.”
Yury Filatov tonight appeared before the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee in the context tensions between Moscow and Ukraine.
Filatov emphasized Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is not looking for a war with Ukraine.
The ambassador told the Oireachtas Commission: “By all means, war is not in our plans. If there is a war, it is not because of Russia.”
Russia’s Prez Putin today accused the US of trying to draw his country into the war in Ukraine.
Putin said that the goal of the US is to use the pretext of confrontation to impose more sanctions on Russia.
And he also claimed that the US is ignoring Russia’s concerns about the expansion of NATO, the Western military alliance that Ukraine is looking to join.
The US and its allies accuse Russia of planning an invasion of Ukraine, which Russia has repeatedly denied.
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Filatov tonight confirmed Putin is moving towards a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
“Our approach is dialogue,” he said.
Filatov told the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee that there was “no reason” for Russia to invade Ukraine.
And the diplomat claims a dangerous game of “boxing” is being fueled by Western political agendas, warning it risks triggering a “catastrophic” event.
Filatov spoke of an “almost daily drumming of the so-called impending Russian invasion of Ukraine”, adding that there is no evidence on the grounds that the invasion was “fantasy”. “.
Instead, the ambassador pointed the finger at NATO for strengthening its forces in the region.
The most pressing problem facing Russia, Europe and beyond is the threat to Russian national security due to NATO’s eastern expansion.
“(This) is unacceptable and must be dealt with.”
Filatov described Russia’s position in the relationship for NATO is a “legitimate and reasonable concern”.
He stated that NATO aims to “contain Russia” and has “expanded 1,000 kilometers to the east” in an effort to “gain military superiority in all areas”.
Filatov showed how NATO conducted 15 exercises in the Black Sea last year, nearly double the number in 2020.
And he warned that the “irresponsible policy” extended “increased the risk of armed conflict”.
“Security can be, one-for-all, or none,” he said, adding that it cannot apply exclusively to members of NATO.
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Filatov said the “most important thing” the West can do to ensure peace in Ukraine is to force the Kiev government to implement the Minsk Agreements.
The ambassador also stated at the Oireachtas Committee that there is no Russian military build-up on the border with Ukraine and that Russia does not trust “any US intelligence indicating the contrary”.
He said Russian troops “are in permanent deployment positions” on Russian soil, adding: “(There has been no escalation in recent months.”
The Oireachtas Commission Ambassador’s appearance comes after Irish fishermen scored a big win after Russia agreed to change their naval missile exercises off the southern coast of Ireland. so it won’t affect the fishing boat out to catch shrimp.
Filatov has said that moving the exercises is a “gesture of goodwill”.
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