Russia wants ‘mutually respectful’ ties with US: Minister

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Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday that Moscow wanted “mutually respectful” relations with Washington, as the two countries remain at loggerheads over Ukraine.

“We want good, equal, mutually respectful relations with the United States, like with every country in the world,” Lavrov told Russia’s Channel One.

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“Learning from bitter experience, we do not want to remain in a position where our security is infringed daily,” Lavrov added.

Tensions have soared between Russia and the US after Western governments accused Moscow of amassing 100,000 troops on the border with Ukraine.

Washington has warned that Russia could invade at any moment, while Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky called on his Western allies to avoid stirring “panic.”

Citing the encroachment of NATO near its eastern border, Russia has put forward security demands to Washington and the US-led military alliance.

These include a guarantee that NATO will not admit new members, in particular Ukraine, and the US will not establish new military bases in ex-Soviet countries.

Lavrov said Sunday that NATO’s line of defense “continues moving eastwards” and has come “very close” to Ukraine.

Lavrov added that ex-Soviet Ukraine “is not ready” to join the alliance and “would make no contribution to strengthening NATO security.”

Following a flurry of diplomatic efforts, Washington and NATO presented Moscow with a written response to the proposals.

Russia said the replies, which were not made public, did not address its main concerns, but did not rule out further talks.

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