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Tension between the West and Russia grows

Experts say that the Eurasian power has only two options regarding the conflict in Ukraine

Cesar Romero
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Tension between the West and Russia grows – News – WebMediums
Russian President Vladimir Putin

According to specialists, Russia has two options after the refusal it obtained from the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), to the security demands it requests to stop the escalation of the Atlantic Alliance and the positioning of weapons in its borders: dialogue or increase the conflict.

Most likely, in the coming days the conflict will increase again.

Dimitry Suslov, deputy director of the Center for European and International Studies, assured that Russia will resort to strong military measures to demonstrate seriousness and strength to the United States and NATO.

Days later, after a week of intense dialogue with the United States and NATO, Russia's requests to change the structure of European security were rejected. Neither NATO nor the United States are willing to cede military activity in Eastern Europe.

Immediate reaction

In turn, Suslov assures that the United States shows flexibility when it comes to discussing the issue of arms control with Russia. His statement is based on the fact that it is a hypothetical technical-military agreement but without changing the intentions of the United States and NATO in Europe.

The arms control debate comes after the United States and Russia sat down to negotiate again following last year's conversation between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

For this reason, for the Kremlin it makes no sense to negotiate hypothetical concessions that a private policy demands for NATO, in not allowing countries like Ukraine to enter.

Russia, which has clearly established that its demands are not a "menu" and expects a response from the United States next week.

All this is taking place while there are 100,000 soldiers on the border with Ukraine and a possible invasion by Russia is taking place.

A military response would be an option in case NATO and the United States give a resounding no as an answer, according to Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov explained that this would include a broader military deployment, however, the serious decision of Putin and his military advisers.

The head of the Council for Foreign Policy and Defense, Fyodor Lukyanov, declared that the differences are so great that a new escalation will be necessary, which would surely be dangerous, but that this would force both parties to seek measures for real agreements.

He assures that a large-scale military response against Ukraine is unlikely, as this would be highly counterproductive for Russia. This would not solve the basic Russian problem of security in Europe.