This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. Russia has tens of thousands of troops near the Ukrainian border as it presses for a redrawing of post-Cold War security arrangements in Europe. The United States and its allies have warned President Vladimir Putin that Russia will face tough economic sanctions if he attacks Ukraine.
In the EU, member states are not aligned. Some fear that Germany's close relationship and dependance on the Communist state could jeopardise a united action against President Putin. In a blunt attack on German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Latvia's defence minister Artis Pabriks said Berlin ties with Moscow are immoral and hypocritical. He said Germany's relationship with Russia as well as China is driving a division line between West and East in Europe. He said that European security cannot be achieved without a German leading role. At this moment, when we look at how they are acting on the European defence and NATO, the readiness of the Bundeswehr, the hesitance to use military force, it is absurd for the current times. Russia has sent its strongest signal so far that it is willing to engage with US security proposals and reiterated that it does not want war over Ukraine.
In the next couple of weeks, Lavrov expects to meet US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. He said, without giving details, that the US counter-proposals were better than NATO's. Putin would decide how to respond and Russia was studying them. Moscow has made a lot of good comments on the Ukraine crisis, which has escalated into one of the tensest East-West standoffs since the Cold War ended three decades ago. On Friday, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, a close ally of Russia, said his country had absolutely no interest in a war and that conflict would only occur if Belarus or Russia were directly attacked.