Medvedev said that the red lines for security “very close”

Medvedev: the red lines that Putin spoke about are already “very, very close” The “red lines” that cannot be crossed in relations with Russia are already close, said Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev. Earlier, President Vladimir Putin said that these lines are associated with the creation of security threats for Russia .jpg” alt=”Medvedev said that the red security lines are “very close”” />

Dmitry Medvedev

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, explaining the need for Russian demands on the US and NATO, said that “the red lines <…> already very, very close. He said this in an interview with Russian media.

“These red lines, which the president of the country spoke about, are already very, very close. Related to this are the documents that were handed over under security guarantees. They're not rigid, they're just very specific, very specific, and they capture our concerns,” — Medvedev explained (TASS quote).

Putin repeatedly mentioned “red lines” in his statements; or the “red line”, warning the West that it should not be crossed in relations with Russia.

“I hope that no one will think of crossing the so-called red line in relation to Russia. And where will it take place— we will determine this ourselves in each specific case, & mdash; he said last April.

In November, Putin acknowledged that the so-called red lines tend to be “speculative.” At the same time, he emphasized that the actions of the countries— NATO members threaten the security of Russia, including the deployment of air defense forces in Poland and Romania. “Where are those red lines? First of all, this is the creation of threats for us <…>»,— said Putin.

The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, directly said that the “red line” in relations with Russia— this is Ukraine's accession to NATO.

Discussed “red lines” Putin with US President Joe Biden in early December. The conversation took place via a secure video link, said presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov. The heads of state differed in their approaches to assessing the situation. “Putin spoke about our” red lines “, about our national interests, Bidenzhe spoke about his unwillingness to recognize the red lines, & mdash; said Peskov.

Now Russia and the United States are negotiating on security guarantees, back in December Moscow handed over to Washington its proposals, which contain, among other things, the non-expansion of NATO to the east and the non-entry of Ukraine and Georgia into the alliance. The text of Moscow's proposals was published.

The day before, the head of the State Department announced that he had given Moscow the answer of the United States to Russia. According to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, the document outlines the basic principles of the alliance, including the “open door” principle, which implies the right of any country to join NATO. Washington does not intend to publish the document itself and expects that Moscow will not do so either. The State Department also looks forward to further negotiations with Moscow. The United States is not yet sure that Russia is going to unleash a war against Ukraine, Blinken added.

Moscow has repeatedly denied that it is preparing an invasion of the territory of a neighboring country. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the potential sanctions against Russia developed by the United States under this pretext “an outrageous measure”; and warned that they could lead to a complete cessation of relations between the countries.

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