Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said that” playing with fire is not in Washington’s interests and thus significant reforms in relations between Russia, the US and NATO is required.
“We have come to Geneva so that the situation doesn’t come to a halt and we have spent considerable effort explaining to our American colleagues why playing with fire is not in their interests,” He said.
Sergey stressed that radical changes in the very canvas of our relationship are needed but it seems the U.S is not ready to accept Russia’s demands.
“The US side has shown no willingness to resolve crucial issues of security guarantees in a way that considers Moscow’s interests,” he said.
” The main issues are suspended and we don’t see that the American side understands how imperative its to resolve them in a way that also suits us,” Sergey said.
Russia has been urging the US to be responsible, noting that the dangers of a military conflict should not be underestimated.
” We call on the US to take maximum responsibility at this moment, the risks of a possible escalation of confrontation cannot be underestimated ” Sergey said.
Sergey says he believes NATO will build a better understanding within the next two days that the debate on security guarantees cannot be halted and that the alliance must get closer to the Russian ideas on security guarantees.
The US is not prepared to fight Russia over Ukraine but also not defending Ukraine when attacked will rise many questions about US’s ability to defend its allies and friends when attacked like Taiwan or Baltic states.
The US industrial complex want to continue selling weapons and making a deal with Russia may not be in their interests although they also don’t want US to fight a war with Russia.
The Ukraine crisis has presented Joe Biden administration with the biggest challenge so far apart from Taiwan which is claimed by China as its own territory that will be reunited with the mainland whether peacefully or by force if necessary.
The withdraw of troops from Afghanistaon by the US and NATO has led to many countries questioning and doubting the US’s ability to win a war or defend an ally when attacked by a more powerful country like China or Russia.
The growth in military strength of countries like China and Russia has put the US in an comfortable position because on one hand, US doesn’t want to fight a war with either of them while on another hand both countries have serously undermined US’s global influence.