Russia: We may send troops to Cuba and Venezuela because of US

MOSCOW, ($1=76.23 Russian Rubles) – If tensions in relations between Russia and the US continue to grow, it cannot be ruled out that Russian troops will be sent to Cuba and Venezuela, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov statement on Thursday and Poland’s Defence24.

“It all depends on the actions that our American counterparts will take,” said Ryabkov in an interview for RTVI television.

President Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia may take technical and military steps if the US provokes it and strengthens the military pressure on Moscow, the deputy head of Russian diplomacy recalled.

Ryabkov also said that the refusal by the US and its allies to consider Russia’s key demands for “security guarantees” raised doubts about the continuation of diplomatic talks with the West.

Ryabkov’s statement is a sharp increase in the stake in the dispute between Russia and the West, the background of which is the gathering of over 100,000 people around Ukraine. Russian soldiers, comments the Associated Press agency.

Ryabkov led the Russian delegation during Monday’s talks with the US in Geneva as part of the strategic stability dialogue.

The first meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in 2.5 years was held in Brussels on Wednesday. The allies jointly rejected major Russian security proposals, including guaranteeing a blockade of further NATO enlargement to include Ukraine and other countries that were once part of the USSR, and the withdrawal of Alliance troops and installations to the borders before accession, including Polish.

“During the consultations between Russia and the US and NATO in Geneva and Brussels, there were positives, but answers to the fundamental issues are needed, and differences of opinion have been identified about them. It is not good and it can be counted down to the minus of two rounds of talks” said Peskov.

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