Kremlin considers G7 security guarantees to Ukraine an “attack” on Russia’s security and a “very dangerous” measure

The security guarantees that the G7 offers to Ukraine, according to the Kremlin, constitute an “attack” against Russia. “The G7’s goal of granting security guarantees to Ukraine is an extremely wrong and very dangerous measure, since, in this way, these seven countries threaten Russia’s security,” Russian presidency spokesman Dmitri Peskov said today. . In his words, the Atlantic bloc “is an offensive alliance that carries with it aggression and danger”.

Peskov thus answered journalists’ questions on how the Kremlin evaluates the first results of the NATO summit in Vilnius and the US declarations on security guarantees for Ukraine. According to the presidential spokesman, “it is still premature to comment on the results of the summit before its completion, and the question of Ukraine’s entry into NATO is directly related to the statement that the G7 countries will provide security guarantees in Kiev.”

In his view, “these countries are ignoring the international principle of the indivisibility of security”. “That is, by providing security guarantees to Ukraine, they undermine the security of the Russian Federation (…) and this will make Europe a dangerous place for years and years,” he reiterated. This morning in Vilnius, the director for Europe of the National Security Council of the White House, Amanda Sloat, said in the context of a meeting with the Ukrainian president Volodimir Zelenski that the G7 will announce security guarantees for Ukraine.

Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted that the Alliance has not yet made a decision on granting security guarantees to Ukraine and is still working out the details. The secretary general noted that the bloc will continue to provide military assistance to Kiev.

Peskov also said today that Russia “maintains a very negative position” with respect to a hypothetical integration of Ukraine into NATO and announced “countermeasures” if Kiev receives cluster bombs from the United States. In his words, “the possible use of this type of weapon changes the situation and, of course, forces Russia to take some countermeasures.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is currently visiting Indonesia, warned on Tuesday that his country would take “appropriate measures” ahead of NATO enlargement, after learning that Turkey lifted its veto on NATO membership. Sweden. He also referred to Finland, assuring that “we will draw conclusions depending on the speed and depth with which NATO deploys its forces in the territory of Finland and Sweden”.