Lavrov warned of the risk of a large-scale conflict in Europe over Ukraine

Lavrov: Drawing Ukraine into NATO could lead to a full-scale conflict in Europe Russia sees a threat in the prospect of Kiev's joining NATO, this provokes military risks, Lavrov said. Putin said that if the alliance missile systems appeared in Ukraine, the time of their approach to Moscow would be reduced to 7 minutes

Sergey Lavrov

The desire to make Ukraine a NATO member provokes serious military risks, “ up to a large-scale conflict in Europe, '' said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview with the Bosnian-Herzegovinian newspaper Oslobodjenje.

the prospect of the appearance of attack missile systems at our borders creates unacceptable threats to the security of Russia, '', & mdash; the minister believes (quoted by RIA Novosti).

Moscow believes that it is necessary to reduce the degree of confrontation “caused by the way American colleagues” patronize ” their Ukrainian protégés, '' added Lavrov. Earlier, he said that “ military pumping '' Ukraine on the part of NATO is fueling Kiev's mood to sabotage the Minsk agreements.

According to Lavrov, the main topic of conversation between Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden on December 7 was the Ukrainian crisis and the lack of progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements on Donbass. The conversation “ made it possible to conduct a kind of inventory of the implementation of the agreements reached during the Geneva summit, '' the Foreign Minister said.

President Vladimir Putin previously said that if NATO infrastructure appears in Ukraine, the missile flight time to Moscow will be 7-10 minutes, and Moscow sees this as a serious challenge. “ We must understand how our safety will be ensured, so without any tricks & mdash; we just directly put the question that there should not be any NATO movement to the east, '', & mdash; he said the day before at a big press conference.

Clauses on non-expansion of NATO to the east, non-joining the alliance of the countries of the former USSR and a ban on military activity on the territory of Ukraine are contained in the draft treaties on security guarantees that Russia sent to the alliance and the United States. According to Deputy Foreign Minister Oleksandr Grushko, the West must seriously accept Russian proposals or be ready for a “ military-technical alternative. ''

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ruled out a compromise with Russia on Ukraine’s entry into the alliance, indicating that it must be decided by Kiev and the member countries of the association. The European Union also said that “ every sovereign state has the right to freely choose its foreign and security policy. ''

According to US White House spokesman Jen Psaki, Washington may agree with some of Moscow's proposals. but with those that relate to NATO & mdash; no. The United States announced that it is ready to begin a diplomatic discussion of security guarantees from the beginning of January next year “ through a variety of channels. ''

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