Ukraine | The Kremlin assures that Putin “will take some time” before reacting to the US and NATO response

Ukraine | The Kremlin assures that Putin “will take some time” before reacting to the US and NATO response


The Kremlin spokesman, Dimitri Peskov, assured this Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin “will take some time” before taking the necessary measures in the face of the response given by the United States and NATO to his proposal for security guarantees. for Europe, with whom they have refused to stop the expansion of the Atlantic alliance.

“Of course we are going to need some time to analyze it. We are not going to rush to conclusions,” Peskov said during a press conference, according to the Sputnik news agency.

Thus, he has confirmed that the president already has “all the papers” after the United States ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, delivered on Wednesday to the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexander Grushko, Washington’s formal response to this situation.

The Secretary of State of the North American country, Antony Blinken, previously indicated that the American president, Joe Biden, has been involved “from the beginning” in the drafting of the proposal and that, therefore, he has approved the final version presented.

The document, as he explained, has been coordinated with the Ukrainian government and the European allies. However, the Biden Administration has decided not to make the document public for the time being so as not to reduce its room for maneuver in the midst of an increase in tension in Eastern Europe.


For his part, the former Russian prime minister and current Vice President of the country’s Security Council, Dimitri Medvedev, has described the existence of NATO as a “paradox” given that the military bloc “has no enemy that opposes West”.

“The paradox (…) is that NATO now does not have an adversary that positions itself as a country or a community of countries that ideologically do not accept the existence of the West,” he said in an interview with the aforementioned agency.

In this sense, he has assured that Russia has never opposed the West despite the existing problems and differences. “On the contrary, we try to build relationships and we have held various negotiations, (…) but they have not listened to us, they do not want to see us, so the situation is developing according to a different scenario,” he said.

He has also emphasized that Russia’s nuclear doctrine does not need “review.” “As regards a revision of the nuclear doctrine (…) I think it is totally unnecessary,” said the politician, who was Prime Minister of Russia between 2012 and 2020.

“It is a universal approach that allows the most varied tasks to be solved,” he added in relation to the promulgation of a decree that defines the foundations of Russian national policy on nuclear deterrence and that was signed by Putin in June 2020.

On the other hand, Medvedev has taken advantage of the occasion to reject dialogue with those Ukrainian politicians whom he considers “liars”. “It makes no sense to hold negotiations with politicians who lie, who do not comply with the agreements, who make decisions against some sectors of their own people, who do not comply with their international commitments at all,” he stressed.

He also stressed that Ukraine is a “toy” in the hands of the United States and NATO used to “pressure Russia and China, while stating that” it is not worth threatening Russia with diabolical sanctions that will not work. “There could always be problems, but these problems, without a doubt, have a solution,” he clarified before assuring that the attempts to stop the commissioning of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline “will continue.” “It’s trade, economy” not just politics, he clarified.


The senior Russian official has also clarified that it is “incorrect” to speak of the existence of Russian military bases in Cuba and Venezuela and has stressed that both countries have an “independent” foreign policy and are “fully sovereign nations.”

In this sense, he has argued that “Cuba and Venezuela are trying to get out of isolation, to normalize their relations with the United States to a certain degree,” so “it is not possible to speak of locating or creating bases as in the times of the Soviet Union.”

However, he pointed out that Russia currently has agreements on the presence of its troops in certain countries, such as Syria, but “it is totally wrong to go ahead saying that we want a base in a certain place, or we have already agreed to it, so as not to provoke tension in the world”.

On January 13, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov mentioned a hypothetical deployment of Russian military infrastructure in Cuba and Venezuela. “I don’t want to confirm anything, but I’m not going to refute anything here either,” Riabkov limited himself to saying to the RTVI television channel.

The White House national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, for his part, warned then that Washington would respond forcefully to the eventual deployment of Russian troops in Latin America.

In June, the head of the Defense portfolio, Sergei Shoigu, highlighted during the Moscow Security Conference the collaboration with Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela in the military field. The Russian minister also highlighted the progress in cooperation with Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.