“We are not in a position to respond to US demands”
Washington is waiting for an explanation from Russia about the military exercises being conducted in the west of the country, or their termination. This was stated by the official representative of the US State Department Ned Price.
“ We believe that In this case, de-escalation would imply the return of Russian servicemen to the barracks, explanations about these maneuvers or their termination, as well as the return of heavy weapons to their usual storage sites, “the politician said.
The press service of the Western Military District of the Russian Federation reported that Russian military exercises with the participation of three thousand servicemen and three hundred units of military equipment are being held at training ranges in the Voronezh, Belgorod, Bryansk regions bordering Ukraine. The maneuvers will also take place in the Smolensk region, which is located at a distance of 100 kilometers from the territory of the square.
The West, NATO, and Ukraine itself fear that Russia is preparing for a military invasion and urge it to withdraw its troops. The Kremlin denies any plans to conduct a military operation on Ukrainian territory and accuses the West of arming Ukraine. Moscow demands from the US security guarantees, in particular, NATO's refusal to further expand eastward and from Ukraine's admission to the alliance.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reacted harshly to US demands and replied that we were not obliged to report to NATO for the conduct of military exercises of their army on Russian territory. This is the sovereign right of Moscow.
A military expert, editor-in-chief of the National Defense magazine Igor Korotchenko announced what the “panic attacks” in Washington could be connected with and explained why the three thousandth exercises caused so much hype.
– I think this is due to the general negotiating agenda, – explained the expert. – Now Russia is negotiating with the United States and NATO regarding the provision of security guarantees and non-expansion of NATO. Obviously, within the framework of the information war, ordinary Russian exercises are presented as preparation for aggression against Ukraine. In my opinion, all this hype is nothing more than a purely media accompaniment of the negotiations between the West and Russia.
– We should not explain anything to anyone. There are official press releases, let the State Department read them, study them, draw conclusions. There are official speakers, they made statements. In my opinion, these are generally some ridiculous and stupid demands that we should explain something to someone. We are not in a position to respond to any US demands. I think there will be no explanation.