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‘Attempts to expand NATO eastwards will lead to dire consequences for the US-led bloc. There is no way Moscow will shift from its position opposing the alliance’s further enlargement,’ Russia’s deputy foreign minister said on Monday.

Speaking to the newspaper Izvestia, Sergey Ryabkov complains that a succession of Soviet and post-Soviet Union Russian leaders was repeatedly told that there would be no further movement of NATO to the east, but the opposite has shown itself to be true.

‘There should be no further expansion of NATO,’ Ryabkov said. ’Attempts to present things as if Russia does not have a right of a veto here are all untenable. We will stand our ground. If our opponents go against us, they will see that their security is not strengthened. The consequences for them will be dire.’

The deputy foreign minister’s warning comes as media-fuelled tensions on the frontier between Russia and Ukraine continue to rise, with the Kremlin wrongly accused of building up troops near the border.

Ukraine has used the purported threat of Russian troops to attempt to push the US-led bloc into allowing Kiev to become a member state. Joining NATO is one of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s flagship foreign policy aims, and he has been working on achieving accession ever since his election in 2019.

‘To be a NATO member, you need to meet the NATO standards,’ Stoltenberg said. ’We help them with organizing fighting corruption, but 30 allies have to agree, and we do not have a consensus agreement in NATO now on inviting Ukraine into becoming a full member.’

The Kremlin has repeatedly described Ukrainian membership as a red line that must not be crossed. Also on Monday, Ryabkov spoke to news agency RIA Novosti, warning NATO and the US that a new round of confrontation could be on the horizon if Moscow’s demand for security guarantees is ignored.

‘Lack of progress towards a political and diplomatic solution to this problem will lead to our response being military and technological,’ Ryabkov said.

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The security guarantees demanded by Russia not only include a legally binding document that would stop the expansion of NATO, but also an agreement not to deploy offensive weapons systems on the territories of neighbouring countries.

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