Sanction on Putin will lead to severance: Russia
Published: 11:40 AM, 14 January 2022 Updated: 02:05 PM, 14 January 2022
Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that sanction over Putin will only lead to severance. Talks with the West on the Ukraine issue had stalled and there was no reason to renegotiate it.
Russia's state-run news agency Tas reported the news on Thursday, citing Ryabkov.
Ryabkov said the US and NATO alliance had taken a different stance in discussions this week over Russia's security assurances and demands that NATO will not expand to the east, and that Russia sees no reason to discuss the issue again.
Russia's deputy foreign minister has said directly that the United States and the NATO alliance are not ready to meet Russia's demands, they just want to discuss some issues that are not important to Moscow. If the situation in Ukraine worsens, Russian military experts have offered President Putin a different option, but diplomacy must be given a chance. Sergei Ryabkov did not rule out the possibility of deploying Russian troops in Venezuela and Cuba.
Ryabkov and US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met in Geneva on Monday. Russian officials have also met with NATO officials in Brussels and Vienna.
After meeting with Sherman, Ryabkov said the United States and Russia were at opposite poles over what needed to be resolved. Sherman, on the other hand, said Russia's offer was not negotiable with the United States.
Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has condemned a new sanctions bill that Russia's ruling Democrat senators have raised against Russia. He says if the United States imposes sanctions on President Putin and other Russian leaders, it will be assumed that Washington has decided to sever all ties with Moscow.
Peskov said Moscow had not yet made any plans to take action in response to such sanctions.