In a context of escalation between Russia and the West led by Washington, the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, assured that Moscow was seeking “respectful” and “fair” relations with the United States and that he wanted guarantees for its safety.
While Westerners fear a military invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which has stationed thousands of men on its borders, Russia continues to deny its will to wage war on its neighbor and demands the departure of troops from NATO from neighboring countries in Eastern Europe.
In a television interview, the head of Russian diplomacy said that his country wants “good, fair, mutually respectful and equal relations with the United States, as with any other country in the world”.
Russia is above all concerned about Ukraine’s possible membership in the Atlantic alliance, which could bring Western forces closer to its borders. But for Ukraine, a poor country and already a victim of the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014, being part of NATO is vital to protect itself.
Sergei Lavrov’s comments confirm this concern about NATO. Russia “does not want to remain in a position where (its) security is regularly violated”, he said. “Each time, it turns out that the line that (the NATO countries) must defend moves further to the east. Now it has already moved closer to Ukraine,” he added.
For his part, the head of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, sought to reassure the international community by defending himself from wanting to attack Ukraine. “We don’t want war. And we don’t need it at all. And those who impose it, especially Westerners, are pursuing their own selfish designs,” he said, quoted by Russian news agencies.
Only these Russian attempts, which blow hot and cold, do not seem to reassure the West and at their head the United States which have multiplied the declarations warning that they would not leave Ukraine to defend itself.
Several European capitals have already announced the departure of the families of their diplomats in Ukraine, sensing the growing military threat. Washington has already sent weapons to Kiev, and several countries including the United Kingdom and France have announced the dispatch of new soldiers to Eastern Europe.