US to deploy missiles in Europe amid tensions with Russia
On Monday, US officials said the Biden administration will discuss the deployment of US missiles in Europe as well as exchange restrictions on the size and scope of military exercises on the continent when it meets with Russian negotiators in Geneva.
The question of the Russian invasion
A senior administration official told reporters on condition of anonymity on Saturday that the Biden administration was open to “the possibility of reciprocal restrictions on the size and scope of activities, including the two strategic bombers sticking to them. to the zone of the other and to the movements on the ground “. About 100,000 Russian soldiers have gathered on the country’s border shared with Ukraine, fueling fears of a possible invasion. Analysts say the deployment could be the largest build-up of Russian troops in Europe since the Cold War, which President Vladimir Putin sought to use as leverage against the United States to reduce troops, weapons and leverage. along its borders.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who is leading talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on January 10. The Russian MP warned of a déjà vu of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 when the United States and the Soviet Union bordered on nuclear war. Presidents Biden and Putin have held several meetings via video or phone conversations in recent weeks. But the important conversation that takes place between senior American and Russian officials will be held in Geneva on Monday, then comes the first NATO-Russia council assembly for three years in Brussels, then after a conference with the European security body, OSCE .
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday that Russia was creating a “false narrative” as an excuse for the current crisis and warned Putin that he could attempt to start a war over a lie. “Not everyone should be shocked if Russia sets off a commotion or an incident and then tries to use it to justify military intervention, hoping that by the time everyone understands the tactics it will be too late,” Blinken told reporters.
Russia does not want to cross the “red lines”
Russian President Putin has warned the West not to encroach on Russian “red lines” on Ukraine. They also want to stop NATO’s further eastern expansion, which includes Ukraine and Georgia, and abandon military activities in Eastern Europe, which would result in the withdrawal of its war units from the countries. of Poland and the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. , and avoid deploying missiles in Poland and Romania.
This means that Russia wants NATO to bring back the pre-1997 borders which President Putin wants to discuss with the United States to emphasize and he says the ball is in the West’s court. Russia has also proposed an agreement with the United States that will not allow the deployment of nuclear weapons beyond its national borders.
Russia calls for a list of demands, which obliges countries that are part of NATO that fall under the Soviet Union not to deploy soldiers or weapons in areas where they are visible as a threat to Russia. Additionally, massive bombers and warships would not be allowed in areas outside of their national atmosphere or the sea from which they could launch an attack.