Washington demanded that Moscow be transparent or cease troop movements near the border
Moscow will continue to ignore US demands to stop military exercises near the country’s border with Ukraine because no one has the right to dictate what Russia can do on its own territory, the Kremlin said.
Speaking to the press on Wednesday, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov commented on the ongoing talks between the United States and NATO, in which the American side seeks to restrict troop movements near the Russian-Ukrainian border. .
“We are still talking about our units and our military districts on the territory of our country. Military construction and military training has continued, is continuing and will continue – this is the normal practice of all armed forces ”, he said, repeating a line he has used repeatedly regarding Russia’s right to move its own troops wherever it sees fit.
On January 10, Russia and the United States held talks in Geneva, with Russia represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. The two sides met to discuss Russian proposals for security guarantees in Europe, initially put forward by Moscow last year.
The suggestions include a ban on NATO expansion, restrictions on the placement of missiles and an end to the stationing of NATO troops on the territory of the former Warsaw Pact countries. Following the talks, US State Department spokesman Ned Price suggested Washington would be open to reciprocal missile deals and transparency of troop movements.
According to Peskov, Russia strongly supports a deal with NATO. “The president said there is no and cannot be a place for ultimatums,” he said.
“The situation has simply reached such a critical point in terms of pan-European security and in terms of our country’s national interests, which are an integral part of Europe and of the European security architecture, that we unfortunately can no longer delay and must react. specifically to the concerns expressed to us.