Russia on Monday said it wanted an immediate response from the United States on its widespread security demands and again warned of a possible Russian military response if there is no political action to assuage its concerns.
Moscow, which has alarmed the West by increasing its troop presence near Ukraine, last week unveiled a list of security proposals it wants to negotiate, including a NATO pledge to halt military activity in Eastern Europe and Ukraine.
Washington has stated that some of Russia’s proposals are clearly unacceptable, but the US will respond this week with more concrete proposals on any format of the talks.
Konstantin Gavrilov, Russia’s diplomat in Vienna, said relations between Moscow and NATO had reached a “moment of truth.”
“Talks need to be serious and everyone in NATO understands well, regardless of their power and influence, that political action needs to be taken. Otherwise, the alternative is a military and technical military response from Russia,” Gavrilov was quoted as saying by the state news agency RIA.
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow had so far received no response from the US.
“I think they will try to turn this into a slow process, but we need it urgently, because the situation is very difficult, acute, tends to get more complicated,” he was quoted as saying. RIA. [uh/ka]