The Kremlin submitted security pact drafts on Friday that directly combats an increase in U.S. aircraft flying into any potential battle territory. The documents also state that Russia’s army will abide by the same rules if the U.S. agrees to its terms, meaning it won’t send any of its aircraft or ships into U.S.-controlled territory. The pacts also urged NATO to deny Ukraine and other former Soviet countries membership in their organization. The documents come as tensions between Russia and Ukraine are heating up. Due to reports of a build-up of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border, Ukraine and its western allies are warning of a potential invasion. Russia has denied that any invasion is being considered, but it has asked for a guarantee by NATO that the organization will not expand into Ukraine. The request has been refused. Due to the tensions, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia’s relationship with the U.S. and NATO is at a “dangerous point.” According to experts, it is likely that Russia’s demands will be rejected by the U.S. and its allies. Ryabkov told reporters that Moscow proposed that the U.S. immediately start the talks on the proposed drafts in Geneva. The drafts… Read full this story
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