Russian Embassy denies US allegations blaming Moscow for Ukraine crisis
While the United States blames Russia for the deteriorating situation in Ukraine, the Russian Embassy in the United States said Washington was distorting reality by blaming Moscow for the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and asked them on Wednesday to stop doing so by denying their request.
The Russian Embassy has said the US State Department is misleading on the facts. They further stated that in the interests of de-escalation, the United States should not establish anti-Russian military bases near its borders. The embassy also said Washington must agree to prevent NATO’s future military expansion, denying admission to the former Soviet Union Alliance, refraining from using its infrastructure for military purposes. and ceasing to develop bilateral military cooperation with it. According to ANI, the embassy expressed optimism that these measures would help Europe defuse dangerous tensions and reach agreements on equal and indivisible security guarantees.
2⃣ In particular, #Washington undertakes to prevent further eastward expansion of @OTAN, refuse membership of the Alliance to the states of the former #URSS, not to use their infrastructures for military activities and not to develop bilateral military cooperation with them.
– Russian Embassy in the United States 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) 22 December 2021
Russia and its proxies are responsible for escalating tensions
Earlier on Tuesday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said “Russia and its proxies, not Ukraine or the United States, are to blame for escalating tensions.” . He urged Moscow to stop using incorrect and provocative rhetoric and make concrete efforts to defuse tensions in order to create an environment conducive to dialogue. After Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke about the situation in Ukraine, the US State Department issued a statement.
Contrary to statements by the Russian Defense Minister, Russia and its proxies are responsible for the escalation of tensions, not Ukraine or the United States.
– Ned Prize (@StateDeptSpox) 22 December 2021
During a meeting of the board of directors of the Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Shoigu said that around 120 people from private American military organizations had been sighted in the Donetsk region, in the communities of Avdeyevka and Priazovskoye, in eastern Ukraine, according to TASS. The Russian Defense Minister also claims that they were setting up shooting sites in residential structures and facilities of social importance, training the Ukrainian army and carrying out other actions.
Moscow and US negotiators to meet in January
On the other hand, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that negotiators from Moscow and the United States would meet in January to discuss ways to reduce the escalating tensions between the two countries, according to RT TV. The talks would take place in early 2022 through the NATO-Russia Council and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.