The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, accuses the NATO to try to “attract” Ukraine to the military alliance and questioning the organization’s stated mission.
“It turns out that every time the line they are supposed to defend moves further east. Now, it has already moved closer to Ukraine.”
“They also want to get this country there. Although it is clear to everyone that Ukraine is not ready “and will not contribute at all to strengthening NATO’s security,” Lavrov said on Russian television on Sunday, according to the Russian news agency TASS.
Lavrov also reiterated that Ukraine’s NATO membership would “undermine” Russia’s relations with alliance members and attacked the organization’s stated mission of being a defensive military alliance.
“Let them console themselves by saying it’s ‘defensive,'” he said. “It doesn’t make things easy for us. The defense line has already closed in on us.”
Russia has demanded that NATO guarantee that it will not expand further east, saying the organization’s proximity to its borders would threaten its national security. He has also requested assurances that Ukraine will never be allowed to join the alliance.
Many NATO members have argued that there are no plans for Ukraine to join the alliance anytime soon and that Russia’s demands are impossible.
Fears rise over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
As fears of an invasion of Russia to Ukraine, Western leaders have moved to prepare the armed forces.
President Joe Biden he said on Friday that he would send US troops to Eastern Europe in the “short term”.
Meanwhile, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, He said he has ordered the military to prepare for deployment this week.
“This package would send a clear message to the Kremlin: we will not tolerate their destabilizing activity and will always stand with our NATO allies in the face of Russian hostility,” Johnson said in a statement.
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