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The United States promised a "decisive" response if Russia sent troops to Venezuela and Cuba

The United States promised a “decisive” response if Russia sent troops to Venezuela and Cuba

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The United States promised a “decisive” response if Russia sent troops to Venezuela and CubaAs noted by the White House National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan.

“If Russia really begins to move in this direction, we will deal with the matter decisively,” Sullivan said.

This Thursday, the Russian Vice-Chancellor Sergey Ryabkov, one of the highest-ranking diplomats in Vladimir Putin’s government who led his country’s delegation to talks on Monday in Geneva, warned of It is not possible to rule out a military deployment of Russia in Cuba and Venezuela if tensions with the United States increase.

“I don’t want to confirm it (…) or rule it out”, He said.

On Thursday, Ryabkov claimed that The United States and NATO rejected Russia’s demands for security guarantees and ruled out an early resumption of negotiations with the West.

Sullivan played down statements about a possible Russian deployment in Cuba and Venezuela, calling the possibility a “show off.”

A sniper of the Russian Armed Forces takes part in a military maneuvers at Kadamovsky firing range in Rostov region, Russia.  January 13, 2022 (Reuters/Sergey Pivovarov)
A sniper of the Russian Armed Forces takes part in a military maneuvers at Kadamovsky firing range in Rostov region, Russia. January 13, 2022 (Reuters/Sergey Pivovarov)

In Cuba, the Russian official’s comment was categorized as a warning to the United States.

There is no threat that this is a plan, just a warning to the Americans to put themselves in the shoes of the Russians‘, explained to Associated Press Former diplomat and international policy analyst Carlos Alzugaray.

Of course this will have implications, because networks are hot. Obviously, the question is, what does Cuba think of that? Moscow is having a good time.

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On the other hand, Sullivan said that The United States does not believe that Russia decided to invade Ukraine, but is ready to continue dialogue or “respond firmly” in the event of an attack.

“We’re ready for either case,” Sullivan told reporters after a week of talks between the United States, its Western allies and Russia.

file image.  US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko and Russian Deputy Defense Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin during the NATO-Russia Council meeting at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.  January 12, 2022 (Oliver Hoslet/Baraka via Reuters)
file image. US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko and Russian Deputy Defense Minister Colonel General Alexander Fomin during the NATO-Russia Council meeting at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. January 12, 2022 (Oliver Hoslet/Baraka via Reuters)

“We are ready to do it Progress at the negotiating table (…) and we are ready to take the necessary and appropriate measures to defend our alliesWe support our partners and respond firmly to any open aggression that may occur.”

Russia spread Tens of thousands of troops on the border with UkraineWhile demanding guarantees that NATO will not move east.

“The intelligence community did not make a Assess that the Russians have categorically decided to take a course of military action in UkraineSullivan said. “So, the way things are going now, Russia has a chance to sit at the table.”added.

In 1962, the United States and the then Soviet Union were on the brink of nuclear war, when Moscow deployed ballistic missiles in Cuba.

Negotiations between Russia and the United States and their allies had to do with Accusations from the West that Moscow has mobilized about 100,000 soldiers in recent weeks On the border with Ukraine to prepare for a possible invasion, an intention denied by the Russian government.

From the file: US President Joe Biden holds virtual talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid Western concerns that Moscow is planning to attack Ukraine, as Secretary of State Anthony Blinken listens alongside other officials during a secure video call from the White House Situation Room in Washington.  United States, December 7, 2021 (Reuters/White House)
From the file: US President Joe Biden holds virtual talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid Western concerns that Moscow is planning to attack Ukraine, as Secretary of State Anthony Blinken listens alongside other officials during a secure video call from the White House Situation Room in Washington. United States, December 7, 2021 (Reuters/White House)

Russia has requested security guarantees that include neighboring countries and former Soviet republics, such as Ukraine and Georgia, They were never accepted into NATO, which in practice meant a limitation of their sovereignty.

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Moscow says that its military deployment on the border with Ukraine is reacting to the growing and frightening presence of NATO In what you consider your sphere of influence.

In this context, the United States and the European Union rejected Russian demands for a “sphere of influence” and warned against it They will not accept “blackmail” with the threat of force.

As we prepare for an open dialogue on how to enhance security for the benefit of all, We must decisively reject blackmail and never allow rewarding attacks and threatssaid Michael Carpenter, Washington’s ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

With information from the AFP, AP and EFE

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