The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that deployment of various types of weapons near Russian territory will require reciprocal steps to balance the situation, Sputnik reports.
“It’s no secret that, of course, the deployment of various types of weapons at our borders, which may pose a threat to us, will require appropriate steps to be taken in order to balance the situation. Very different options are possible here”, Peskov told.
The statement from the Kremlin follows Russian diplomats warning earlier that the country is waiting for an answer to its proposals for security guarantees.
The head of the Russian delegation at the Vienna talks, Konstantin Gavrilov, stated on Tuesday, December 21, that an agreement on the security guarantee proposals made by Moscow is possible, as Russia and the US have already launched contacts, referring to the contact between Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
Gavrilov once again noted that Russia needs an urgent reaction from the bloc on its proposals and He stressed that Russia won’t allow the deployment of NATO infrastructure in Ukraine and Georgia, Sputnik reports.
“I think they do not think that we are bluffing, but they will undoubtedly and quite possibly try to talk round this issue. But time is running out. We are waiting for concrete, real steps to allay Russian concerns. The time has come.”
He also said it is too early to talk about Russia’s actions if the alliance refuses, but noted that the possible response “will be military-technical if there are no other arguments left”.
Commenting on the issue, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Russia’s proposals on security guarantees help to increase mutual trust between countries and reduce the risk of conflicts.
“Regarding [the] draft proposals on security guarantees for the United States and NATO, made public by the Russian Foreign Ministry, and the impact of the proposals on global strategic stability, China believes that in the current environment, [the] Russian proposals comply with the basic norms of international relations, contribute to increasing mutual trust between countries, reduce the risk of conflicts, defend global and regional strategic stability,” the Ministry said.
According to Beijing, NATO must abandon its ideological approach and instead contribute to regional security.
“As the largest military alliance in the world, NATO must abandon the Cold War mentality and ideological prejudices, make more efforts to maintain international and regional security and stability,” an official statement read.
Moreover, the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, said that China’s close relations with Russia will not weaken, and the two countries will always remain friends, even if there are changes in the international geopolitical situation, RT reports.
“No matter what changes occur in the world, the Sino-Russian friendship, which has been passed down from generation to generation, will always be strong,” he said, describing the nations as being “united like a rock.”