State Department warned Russia against underestimating American leverage

US State Department spokesman Price: Russia should not underestimate the US leverage On January 9-10, the Russian and American sides held talks in Geneva on the security guarantees proposed by Moscow. At the consultations, the United States emphasized its intention to impose tough sanctions in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine

Russia should not underestimate the leverage that the United States and its allies have on it, State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a briefing. The broadcast was conducted on Twitter of the department.

“ Yaba did not underestimate the US leverage and the collective leverage we have. & lt; … & gt; The United States has a lot of leverage over the Russian Federation and even more & mdash; when we work & lt; … & gt; together with NATO, the EU and other partners, including Ukraine & raquo;, & mdash; Price emphasized.

This is how he responded to a journalist's request to comment on the words of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who had earlier called the United States to maximum responsibility and said that the risks associated with a possible escalation of confrontation cannot be assessed.

A State Department spokesman noted at the briefing that the United States and its allies and partners are ready to impose “ unprecedented, tough sanctions. '' in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. He stressed that before that Washington intends to try to resolve the situation by diplomatic means.

Russia and the United States held talks on security guarantees in Geneva on January 9 and 10. After the consultations, Ryabkov, who represented Russia, said that the parties could not agree on the non-expansion of NATO to the east & mdash; one of the key proposals of Russia. According to him, the topic of non-expansion of NATO and its legal guarantees has caused serious objections from the United States. The diplomat stressed that the Russian side cannot deviate from these requirements.

Russia's proposals for security guarantees are contained in a draft treaty that Moscow sent to NATO and the United States in mid-December 2021. On January 12, Russia will continue to discuss this issue at a meeting with representatives of the North Atlantic Alliance in Brussels, and on the 13th, & mdash; at the OSCE meeting. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg previously ruled out the possibility of a compromise with Russia on Ukraine's membership.

US Undersecretary control and provide assistance to the allies in the event of an invasion of Ukraine. According to her, the American side stressed that Moscow must make a choice: start de-escalation at the border or face the consequences. Ryabkov responded by saying that attempts to intimidate and blackmail Russia would not produce the desired result. He again denied information about the impending invasion of Ukraine.

The Associated Press and Bloomberg previously wrote that if Russia introduces troops to Ukraine, the United States could add Russia to the list of countries that are subject to the most stringent export restrictions. Now it includes Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Syria.

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