Lavrov announced the return to Europe of the scenario of “military confrontation”

NATO rejects Russian proposals to de-escalate tensions, Lavrov said. Earlier in Germany began to discuss the possibility of withdrawing nuclear weapons. In case of refusal, NATO promised to transfer it to Eastern Europe

 Lavrov announced the return of the scenario of 'military confrontation' to Europe /> </p>
<p> Sergey Lavrov </p>
<p>The approach of NATO infrastructure to the Russian border destroys strategic stability and leads to the return of the 'nightmare scenario of military confrontation'. in Europe. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a speech at a meeting of the OSCE Foreign Ministers Council. </p>
<p> “ The architecture of strategic stability is rapidly collapsing, NATO refuses to constructively consider our proposals to de-escalate tensions and prevent dangerous incidents. On the contrary, the military infrastructure of the alliance is being irresponsibly brought closer to the Russian borders, '', & mdash; said the minister. </p>
<p>So, in Romania and Poland missile defense systems have been deployed, which can be used as strike complexes, and American medium-range missiles may appear in Europe, he noted. </p>
<p> “ The nightmare scenario of a military confrontation that our continent has survived is returning. after the well-known double decision of NATO. Europe is silent. There is a military pumping of Ukraine, which fuels Kiev's mood to sabotage the Minsk agreements, feeds the illusion of a military solution to the conflict, '', & mdash; Lavrov said. </p>
<p>The day before, on December 1, President Vladimir Putin proposed starting negotiations on guarantees of NATO's eastward expansion. According to him, Russia needs legal guarantees, since “ Western colleagues did not fulfill their respective oral obligations. '' </p>
<p> A few hours after Putin's proposal was voiced, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia does not have the right to veto Ukraine's entry into the alliance. Only members of the military bloc will decide how ready the country is for this step, he said. </p>
<p>These statements came against the backdrop of discussions in Germany on the possibility of withdrawing nuclear weapons from the country's territory and the subsequent NATO response. </p>
<p> The Social Democratic Party of Germany and the Union 90/Greens insist on the withdrawal of nuclear weapons. According to Spiegel, there are about 20 American warheads deployed at the Büchel Air Force Base in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate. They are there as part of the NATO nuclear exchange. Germany is committed to providing aircraft that can carry these warheads, and in return gains a voice in the planning of the alliance's nuclear weapons operations. </p>
<p> If Germany refuses to deploy nuclear weapons on its territory, they will appear in Eastern Europe, Stoltenberg said … “ Germany can decide whether there should be weapons on its territory, but the alternative is & mdash; nuclear weapons in other European countries, including those east of Germany '', & mdash; he said. </p>
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