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Russia will respond ‘militarily and technically’ if threatened: Vladimir Putin

The Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with his generals on Tuesday that the country would respond “militarily and technically” when threatened by the West. In response to the “security guarantees” presented by Russia on Friday, the US said it would consider them but at the same time deemed some of them unacceptable.

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“In the event of continuing the clearly aggressive line, we will resort to adequate military and technical measures under repression,” the Russian president warned.

Sergey Shoygu, the Russian Defence Minister, accused the US of sending 120 mercenaries from private military companies to Ukraine to carry out “provocation” using an “unknown chemical” and to train Ukrainian soldiers. However, he did not provide any evidence for these accusations.

Vladimir Putin accused the West of escalating tensions in Europe, adding that Russia was concerned about the deployment of elements of the US missile defence system near the country’s borders and the possible appearance of such measures in Ukraine.

“The United States should not create anti-Russian military sites near our borders,” the Russian embassy in the US wrote on social media on Wednesday morning, responding to Ned Price, the US State Department’s spokesman, who claimed it is Russia that is responsible for disturbing the peace.

1⃣ We call on @StateDept not to distort the reality.
For the sake of de-escalation, the 🇺🇸 United States should not create anti-Russian military sites near our borders.

— Russian Embassy in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) December 22, 2021

On Friday, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs published proposals regarding the so-called “security guarantees” that Moscow demands from the West. It is a draft of a “Treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States on security guarantees” and a Russia-NATO agreement.

As Alexander Grushko, Russian deputy Foreign Minister explained, the proposal is “an attempt to turn a potential military scenario into a political process.”

💬 Deputy FM Alexander #Grushko: NATO’s #eastward expansion has compromised the alliance’s own security. Had @NATO remained within the borders as our Western partners promised to Mikhail Gorbachev, who would they have to defend themselves from now?

— MFA Russia 🇷🇺 (@mfa_russia) December 21, 2021

Mr Grushko was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying Moscow was ready for talks “to turn a military or a military-technical scenario of confrontation into a political process which will really strengthen military security.”

The administration of US President Joe Biden has announced that it will provide Russia with a response to the given proposals this week. The US has already stipulated that some of them are clearly unacceptable to both the country and NATO, and the Kremlin is aware of this.

Christine Lambrecht, the German Defence Minister, also referred to the matter on Sunday during her visit to German troops based in Lithuania.

“We will discuss Russia’s proposals… But Russia cannot be allowed to dictate to NATO partners their posture, and that is something that we will make very clear in the talks [which are to take place next week at the NATO council],” the German Defence Minister stressed.

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