The Kremlin said on Thursday that threats from US President Joe Biden about “possible disastrous consequences” for Russia would not help to ease rising tensions over Ukraine and could even further destabilize the situation.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov made the remark after Biden predicted on Wednesday that Russia would make a move on Ukraine. Biden said Moscow would pay dearly for a full-scale invasion.
A Russian military buildup near Ukraine and strong threatening rhetoric have stirred the West in recent weeks, spreading fears that Moscow could use military force to try to stop Ukraine from moving closer to the West and NATO. ).
Moscow vehemently denies such plans, but has threatened an unspecified military-technical response if the West does not take seriously a set of security demands it has made, including to end NATO’s eastward expansion.
Asked about Biden’s comments, Peskov said Russia had been receiving similar warnings for at least a month.
“We believe that they do not contribute in any way to relieving the tension that has now arisen in Europe, and that they can collaborate to [aumentar] the destabilization of the situation,” he said.
Despite Kyiv’s recent repeated statements to the contrary, Peskov also said Moscow feared threats of US sanctions could encourage Kyiv to try to resolve, by force, an eight-year conflict with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. .
Reference: CNN Brasil