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Lavrov: Russia understands military-technical response to security threats

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MOSCOW (TASS): Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov explained what the Russian side means by military-technical measures that can be used as Moscow’s response in the event of a real threat to security.
“Military-technical measures are measures to deploy military equipment, this is obvious. And when we make decisions about a particular step, we always understand what we mean and what we are preparing for,” the relevant question, on Friday at a press conference on the results of the activities of Russian diplomacy in 2021.
The minister noted that earlier exercises were held in the west of the Russian Federation. “Now a sudden check has been announced on the eastern border of our country. These are our affairs, our decisions. military personnel, the British – hundreds, thousands of units of military equipment. Of course, we must understand what this equipment is going to do in the Baltic States, Poland, in other countries that can directly solve problems in the Russian Federation with certain types of weapons, “he stressed.
Lavrov urged not to look for “some hidden meaning” here. “We always only respond to threats that are created for the security of the Russian Federation,” he added.
The conversation about security guarantees has begun now, because Moscow has run out of patience : “We are very patient. But you know that we harness for a long time? to our proposals “.
At the same time, Moscow is determined to get exactly what it requires: “We did not try to play any games and did not try to follow the scenario that someone in Ukraine mentioned – I mean,“ ask for more – they will give less. ” NATO or its individual members near the borders of Russia – “these are red lines for real.”
Russia counts on the continuation of the talks and expects written answers from the United States and NATO: “We want to see the position on paper. Article by article, on each of our points in both documents, we want to get a reaction: it fits, it doesn’t fit, if it doesn’t fit – why” …
The prospects for negotiations depend primarily on the United States. The Eur-opean Union feels infringed , but it is still difficult to assess the prospects for dialogue with it: “The Europ-ean Union itself seven and a half years ago destroyed all the mechanisms <…> within which they discussed the practical aspects of ensuring security.”
Moscow suggests that the West may try to “wind up” the negotiations, but does not plan to wait forever: “We know and know how to ensure our security in any case, and I assure you that we will not endlessly wait for any changes or promises.”
Washington and its allies do not hide the fact that they are trying to restrain Moscow and Beijing – this course has been “frankly proclaimed” – and do not stop trying to “artificially expand the composition of the North Atlantic Alliance,” including at the expense of Ukraine. The pressure is being exerted in a variety of areas – for example, the United States is directly involved in the current crisis in world Orthodoxy.
NATO in the coming months may begin to additionally build up its forces at the Russian borders, “if Russia does not obey the demands of the West on how to deal with its troops on its territory, which in itself is absurd.” Such demands themselves say that “the West has gone too far.”
Western countries, which are worried about Ukraine, should pay attention to the actions of local radicals, but the West “simply embraces” those who at one time made a coup.
The possible expansion of Russia’s global military presence is an issue “which concerns bilateral relations” with partners, and it will be resolved proceeding “from the interests of global stability.”
Russian peacekeepers appeared in Kazakhstan at the request of the authorities of this country and leave as soon as their mission was recognized as completed. This differs from the situation, for example, with the Americans in Iraq: “Not only were they not invited there, but your parliament made a decision that it was time for them to go home. But you see, everyone, as they say, is equal, except for the most equal.”
The events in Kazakhstan have shown that the CSTO is in demand and effective. A number of countries have an interest “at least in establishing contacts.”
Russia expects to agree on the agenda and format of the summit of the “five” permanent members of the UN Security Council, proposed by President Vladimir Putin. The meeting will be facilitated, in particular, by a common statement by the leaders of Russia, China, Great Britain, the United States and France on the inadmissibility of a nuclear war.
A separate meeting of the leaders of the Russian Federation and the PRC will take place soon . Full-format talks in Beijing are scheduled for February 4, the opening day of the Winter Olympics. The day before, the foreign ministers of the two countries will meet.
Russia remains committed to concluding a peace treaty with Japan, but it must reflect “the full completeness of today’s ties and open up prospects.” The draft document based on the 1956 declarations has already been handed over to the Japanese side; Lavrov himself may visit the country in the next two to three months.
However, Moscow is concerned about the alliance between Tokyo and Washington: “Now, when the United States has declared us in its doctrinal documents almost enemies, well, at least opponents and the main threat along with China, of course, is Japan’s alliance with such a country <…> probably does not quite respond to the creation of an optimal atmosphere for the development of our relations. “
There is real progress in the talks on the Iranian nuclear deal , but for reaching an agreement it is important that both “the Iranian partners are as realistic as possible” and “the Western participants in this negotiation process did not try to create some kind of psychological tension.” In this situation, “quiet diplomacy” is needed.
Moscow is in favor of holding a conference on security in the Persian Gulf, where it would be possible to discuss the claims accumulated “by Iran to its Arab neighbors, and by its Arab neighbors to Iran,” as well as questions the West has to Tehran.
Lavrov said that the peacekeepers of the CSTO arrived in Kazakhstan at the request of the country’s authorities, the contingents are already leaving the republic upon completion of the mission, in contrast to the American troops, which remain in Iraq even after the demand from the Iraqi parliament to leave.
“This is me so that we see the picture when we analyze a specific situation, how our Western colleagues [behave], what manners they demonstrate,” Lavrov added.

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