Russia won’t rule out sending troops to Cuba, Venezuela as Ukraine tensions grow

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A high Russian diplomat declined to rule out the potential for the Kremlin deploying troops to Cuba and Venezuela amid ongoing tensions with the US over Ukraine.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov informed Russia’s RTVI TV Thursday that Moscow’s subsequent steps “all depends on the action by our US counterparts” and famous that Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Moscow might take military-technical measures towards what it deems provocation by Washington.

Ryabkov’s warning adopted negotiations between Russia and the US in Geneva Monday, which preceded talks between Russian and NATO officers in Vienna Wednesday over Moscow’s calls for that the Atlantic alliance halt its growth and commit to barring Ukraine from ever becoming a member of.

The discussions did little to slim the hole between East and West, with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman calling Russia’s calls for “non-starters.”

Ryabkov claimed that the US and NATO’s stance indicated a “dead end of difference of approaches,” and added that Russia noticed no cause to restart related talks within the coming days.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov’s warning adopted negotiations between Russia and the US in Geneva Monday.
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov additionally labeled the talks “unsuccessful,” however did say there have been “some positive elements and nuances” that happened.

“The talks were initiated to receive specific answers to concrete principal issues that were raised, and disagreements remained on those principal issues, which is bad,” Peskov informed reporters, warning that US-Russia relations might undergo a whole break if Congress strikes ahead with proposed sanctions concentrating on Putin and different vital Russian leaders. 

The Senate is debating two sanctions payments put ahead individually by Republicans and Democrats so as to punish Russia if it chooses to invade Ukraine. Approximately 100,000 Russian troops have massed alongside the nation’s western border over the previous a number of months, leaving many fearing an incursion related to when Moscow annexed Crimea eight years in the past. 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) launched his sanctions proposal final yr and the measure will probably be voted on later Thursday. Democrats and the White House have criticized the laws, which might put sanctions in place 15 days after approval, no matter whether or not Moscow invades Ukraine. 

A State Department spokesperson informed The Post Wednesday that Cruz’s proposal “will undermine our efforts to deter Russia and remove leverage the United States and our allies and partners possess in this moment all to score political points at home. And it would come at a moment where we need to be closely united with our European partners, including Germany. It makes no sense.”

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
Sen. Cruz launched his sanctions proposal final yr.
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The Democratic sanctions invoice, sponsored by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ), would impose sanctions related to these put forth by Cruz — together with actions towards the Nord Stream 2 pipeline — however predicates them on a Russian invasion.

“This legislation makes it absolutely clear that the US Senate will not stand idly by as the Kremlin threatens a re-invasion of Ukraine,” Menendez said in a statement, including that the “most effective sanction on Russia is a strong and unified Ukraine.”

Peskov slammed the sanction proposals as an try to stress Russia. 

Snipers of the Russian armed forces take part in military exercises at the Kadamovsky range in the Rostov region, Russia
Approximately 100,000 Russian troops have massed alongside the nation’s western border over the previous a number of months.
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“It concerns sanctions, which taking into account the inevitable adequate response, effectively amount to an initiative to rupture relations,” he mentioned. 

Russia has repeatedly denied any plans to invade its neighbor, with Ryabkov saying this week: “There is no reason to fear some kind of escalatory scenario.” 

“It’s hardly possible for NATO to dictate to us where we should move our armed forces on the Russian territory,” Peskov mentioned Thursday, including that Moscow was prepared to proceed negotiations so lengthy as they produced outcomes.

A Russian tank T-72B3 fires as troops take part in drills at the Kadamovskiy firing range in the Rostov region in southern Russia,
A Russian T-72B3 tank fires as troops participate in drills on the Kadamovskiy firing vary within the Rostov area in southern Russia.
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