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Kremlin identifies ‘red line’ in NATO-Russia relations


President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson has defined how NATO created the scenario which Russia ‘couldn’t tolerate any extra’

NATO’s “gradual invasion” into Ukraine has introduced the US-led bloc proper to Moscow’s “red line,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov instructed CNN. He mentioned the scenario poses an imminent menace to the European safety as an entire.

Peskov on Sunday cited the documented western guarantees, which, he famous, have by no means been “fixed in a legally binding way,” guaranteeing that NATO wouldn’t broaden additional eastwards into the previous Soviet bloc. In distinction to those guarantees, over the previous few years NATO’s employed its “open-door” coverage to soak up a number of international locations of the previous Warsaw Pact. Moscow is drawing the road on this growth in Russia’s next-door neighbor Ukraine, Peskov instructed CNN’s Fareed Zakaria in an interview aired on Sunday, as he defined the Kremlin’s place intimately. 

“First, there were just words but with time we have seen the gradual invasion of NATO into Ukrainian territory, with its infrastructure, with its instructors, with supplies of defensive and offensive weapons, teaching Ukrainian military and so on,” Peskov mentioned. 

Peskov went on to say that these strikes have introduced NATO instantly “to the red line,” making a scenario which constitutes a “real threat” each for Russia and for the entire “European [security] architecture.” Russia has a 3,000-kilometer border with Ukraine, which, till the Ukrainian civil struggle broke out in 2014, was almost fully unfortified. 

Such circumstances, which Moscow “couldn’t tolerate anymore,” prompted President Putin to give you a set of proposals aiming to enhance collective safety, Peskov mentioned.

The Russian proposals embody ensures that NATO wouldn’t broaden eastwards and that no former Soviet nation bordering Russia could be permitted to affix the alliance. The US and NATO – which on Sunday was branded by Peskov “a weapon of confrontation” – have already rejected these particular proposals. Unless a compromise is discovered, Peskov mentioned this leaves the tensions to escalate additional – the truth that the Kremlin spokesman known as “disturbing.”

In one other a part of Sunday’s interview, Peskov mentioned Moscow “will be ready to take counter-actions,” ought to NATO’s deployments to Ukraine proceed, although he pressured this didn’t imply an all-out navy motion. 

At the beginning of the interview, CNN’s Zakaria instructed Peskov that, in accordance with “some people,” Russia has itself “created this crisis.” Kiev and Washington have insisted for months that Russia has been “amassing” troops on the Ukrainian border making ready for an “invasion.” Moscow has repeatedly denied having any plans of invading its neighbor, with Peskov once more dismissing the concept on Sunday, whereas pointing finger at NATO threatening Russia’s safety over the previous twenty years.