Russia says tensions with the United States are close to “dangerous” confrontation

The top Russian diplomat warned that relations with the United States have deteriorated to the point where a catastrophic confrontation between Washington and Moscow is possible.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a board meeting led by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday. He discussed the current state of US-Russian relations with his colleagues. After the meeting, the ministry issued a statement expounding the participants’ views on the torture of relations between the two countries.

“It was noted in the discussion that due to Washington’s fault, bilateral relations have approached the threshold of dangerous confrontation,” the ministry said. “In recent years, Washington has triggered an unprecedented escalation between our two countries.”

The ministry warned that Moscow has already had a de facto conflict with Washington, and the latter will only face stronger resistance.

The ministry stated: “Russia is under unprecedented pressure and the United States has drawn its allies into it. This has introduced a strong ideological element to the confrontation with Moscow.” “Washington’s line of flagrant violations of international law will continue to be resolute. The unwavering opposition is as far as protecting Russia’s legitimate interests.”

In this photo released on July 19, Russia’s leading admiral Gorshkov-class frigate tested the Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile from the White Sea to a land target on the coast of the Barents Sea more than 200 miles away.
Russian Ministry of Defense

When Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, was interviewed by the Moscow state-run RT media, he believed that there was “a lack of confidence, a lack of trust between the United States and Russia”, and a stern assessment was made a day later.

Antonov said: “I am trying to find the day when Russia will become an enemy or competitor of the United States, and it is difficult to say when it will happen.” “In my opinion, maybe it was 10 years ago, but it was not the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis. time.”

The rivalry between the United States and Russia can be traced back to the Cold War at least, but after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, Washington and Moscow began the initial steps of cooperation, even after the president Vladimir Putin The first time he came to power was at the turn of the century.

Ten years ago will mark a critical moment in the struggle between great powers, when NATO takes the lead in intervening in Libya in 2011 Then the West’s invasion of Syria was regarded by Russia as an improper interference in foreign countries. The Ukrainian uprising in 2014 also proved to be a key point, because the leaders who resisted the goodwill of the West were overthrown, Russia directly stepped in to ensure its interests in the Crimean Peninsula, and was accused by Kiev of supporting pro-Moscow separatism in the east. The elements are still in conflict.

Today, the United States and Russia diverge on many international hot topics, such as the war in Syria, cyber security, and attempts to improve the strategic stability between the world’s two major nuclear powers.

But the Ukrainian problem is here again Rise to the forefront of tension between NATO Like Russia, the former conducted an annual sea breeze exercise in the Black Sea. Washington and its allies considered the training to be a routine matter, while Moscow claimed that the move was a test of its claimed border claims, which led to an international dispute between the two sides.

After the President set out to establish a “stable and predictable relationship” with Putin at the summit last month, Joe Biden He is scheduled to receive his Ukrainian counterparts on August 30.

“In the face of Russia’s continued aggression against Donbass and Crimea, our close cooperation on energy security, and our support for President Zelensky’s efforts to fight corruption and implement corruption, this visit will confirm the United States Unswervingly support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. A reform agenda based on our common democratic values,” the White House said in a statement.

Ukraine’s geopolitical dispute has also penetrated into Europe’s energy politics. Russia and the United States’ ally, Germany, continue to promote their Beixi 2 pipeline, a new natural gas artery that will bypass the long-existing Ukrainian route and serve Western Europe. .

Last week, Biden received the German Chancellor Angela Merkel At the bilateral meeting, US leaders expressed concern about Russia’s potential for political purposes to use Ukraine’s energy needs. Berlin has stated that it intends to continue the project anyway, while Washington seeks to ensure that the new pipeline will not provide Moscow with a way to cut off Kiev.

The White House said on Wednesday that the United States and Germany have reached an agreement on a package that both parties are satisfied with.

The White House Press Secretary said: “Germany will help Ukraine retain gas transportation revenue and buy time for Ukraine to eliminate its dependence on Russian gas and transportation costs, as it has long sought to do, including with the support of the United States. ” Jean Psaki Tell reporters. “Germany will use all its available influence to negotiate an extension of the Ukrainian-Russian gas transit agreement by promising to appoint a special envoy.”

The Biden administration interpreted this understanding as Merkel’s economic restrictions on Putin.

A senior government official told reporters on Wednesday: “If Russia tries to use energy as a weapon or takes further aggression against Ukraine, Germany will take action at the national level and urge effective measures at the European level, including sanctions to restrict Russia. Ability to export to Europe in the energy sector, including natural gas and/or other economic-related sectors.”

Biden later told the media that he had obtained Merkel’s “commitment” to respond to Russia if necessary.

Moscow had previously expressed doubts about this arrangement.

In an interview with the state-run TASS Russian news agency earlier in the day, Lavrov said that due to speculation that the United States and Germany will reach an agreement involving threats of action against Russia, Lavrov said that such an agreement would be “unacceptable” because It has no official support from United Nations Security Council.

Lavrov said that the United States and its European allies “are often confused by sanctions.”

“They are no longer interested in diplomacy or the culture of talks. In fact, they are losing it,” Lavrov said. “They want immediate results.”

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