Interviewed by Izvestia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov commented candidly about dismal bilateral relations with hegemon USA.
Things are “one-sided (and) negative,” he stressed. Problems are longstanding.
They reflect Washington’s refusal to recognize Russia as “a major independent player in international relations.”
Dismal made-in-the USA relations are also all about longstanding US aims to impose its will on other countries, including by brute force if other tactics fail.
Reality “limits (Russia’s) prospects for” improving bilateral relations.
Looking ahead, Ryabkov sees no reasons for “optimis(ism).”
At the same time, Russia is “ready…to deal” with threats posed by the US.
Except for occasional dialogue on some issues, Ryabkov sees no “progress” toward shifting things in a positive direction.
At the same time, he said that Moscow “will work where opportunities arise, where the Americans at least try to heed common sense and listen to our approaches.”
With year one of a five-year New START agreement — that prevents unconstrained expansion of nukes by both countries — approaching on February 5, 2022, Ryabkov explained the following:
Russia “launched a dialogue on strategic stability, which will hopefully lead to the signing of a document or several documents that would be a good replacement for New START” to be more long-lasting.
Despite “some wrinkles (Moscow is) working to remove…work is proceeding well” so far.
Addressing heightened made-in-the-USA/West tensions over Ukraine, Ryabkov said:
What’s going on “is primarily Washington’s geopolitical project…”
It’s “an attempt to expand its sphere of influence by getting new instruments for strengthening its positions…”
It reflects Washington’s aim dominate this region unchallenged.
Its hegemonic aims threaten Russia’s security.
“(T)here are red lines which we will not allow anyone to cross,” Ryabkov stressed, adding:
“(E)veryone is aware of the signal President Vladimir Putin issued that Moscow needs maximally reliable legal guarantees of security.”
He “instructed the Foreign Ministry to thoroughly address this matter. We are doing this.”
“(W)e are preparing definitive proposals and ideas, which we will submit for consideration by the Americans, and possibly their allies.”
Getting Washington to agree on Russia’s security-related red lines “is inherently impossible.”
“There is such a wide gap in our approaches to international affairs and priorities in the so-called Euro-Atlantic that common red lines are unthinkable.”
“There is only one red line we have marked jointly, which is very good. I am referring to the unacceptability of a nuclear war.”
On all else related to geopolitical red lines, Russia and the US-dominated West “are rivals and opponents.”
An issue of major importance to Moscow is halting US-dominated NATO’s further expansion eastward toward and along Russia’s borders.
Time and again, hegemon USA and subservient Western vassal states proved that they can never be trusted.
Pledging one thing and going the other way happens repeatedly.
Their word is never their bond, why diplomatic outreach to their ruling regimes is a colossal waste of time.
Improved relations are off the table.
The only possible attainable aim is avoiding confrontation that would risk possible mutually assured destruction.
According to US words stated by subservient NATO states, world community nations are “free to decide how to guarantee (their) security, up to and including by joining military-political alliances.”
Ryabkov stressed that this “freedom cannot be absolute.”
It “ends where the freedom of others begin.”
“There must be clear boundaries and mutual obligations and responsibilities.”
“This is why the phrase about the freedom to join alliances is always balanced by the phrase that this must not be done at the expense of the security of other states.”
“This is the underlying principle of the OSCE.”
Unacceptable NATO expansion flagrantly breaches this principle.
“(T)here should be no further expansion of NATO,” Ryabkov stressed.
If the US-dominated alliance expands eastward anyway, it’ll “face grave consequences.”
Nothing in prospect suggests a way to improve Russia’s relations with the US-dominated West because because both right wings of its war partly are implacably hostile toward all nations free from their control.