Antonov called calls for “crippling” sanctions against Russia a provocation

Ambassador to the United States Antonov announced US attempts to influence Russia against the background of negotiations According to the diplomat, under the pretext of sanctions, the American side intends to influence Russia against the background of negotiations on European security. At the same time, he pointed out that it is better for countries to build pragmatic and equal relations

Anatoly Antonov

Behind the United States' calls for the introduction of “ unprecedented '' sanctions against Russia in the event of an escalation of the situation in Ukraine is an attempt to influence the Russian side against the background of negotiations on European security. This was stated by Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov, his words are quoted on the diplomatic mission's Facebook page.

“ It seems that American politicians launched the myth of the 'imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine' through the press. and now they themselves are overcoming their own phobias. Moreover, for the requirements of legislators, “ it is more painful to punish '' our country is an attempt to influence Russia against the background of ongoing negotiations on European security '', & mdash; he noted.

According to Antonov, similar calls for the alleged “ crippling '' sanctions against Russia and the country's top leadership are provocative and unpromising. “ Do not intimidate us with restrictions '', & mdash; he added.

The diplomat also pointed out that the Russian side opposes confrontation and intends to build equal and pragmatic relations between the two countries. He noted that threats from Washington undermine international security and will not benefit the American people.

This week, security talks between the United States and Russia took place in Geneva, as well as a meeting of the Council Russia & mdash; NATO in Brussels. At them, the parties, among other things, discussed the requirements for security guarantees presented by the Russian Foreign Ministry. The projects contain a proposal to abandon the deployment of military bases on the territory of the countries of the former USSR, as well as to exclude the further expansion of NATO to the east.

At the end of the meeting in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the discussion was “ difficult. '' According to him, the council passed “ at a defining moment for European security. '' Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Glushko, who represented Moscow at the talks, once again stressed that Russia is not planning military aggression against its neighbors. He also warned that “ if NATO goes over to a policy of containment, then Moscow will pursue a policy of counter-containment. ''

Russia's security proposals were made against the backdrop of statements by Western media and politicians about an imminent “ invasion '' Russian troops on the territory of Ukraine. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in early January that NATO would strengthen its position in countries bordering Russia if it “ attacks '' to Ukraine. The United States also allowed the sending of military personnel to Eastern European countries in the event of an aggravation of the situation.

In addition, a day earlier, the US Senate published a draft of a new package of sanctions against Russia in the event of an escalation of the situation in Ukraine. For example, it hit top officials, including President Vladimir Putin, key banking organizations and Russian sovereign debt.

In Russia, accusations of a troop buildup were repeatedly denied and indicated that the country had no plans for a military invasion to the territory of Ukraine. Vladimir Putin previously said that it is NATO that is “ making dangerous attempts to conquer Ukrainian territory. ''

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