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Moscow warns of “nightmare scenario of military confrontation”

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Speaking at a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Stockholm, the Russian minister accused the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) of bring its military infrastructure closer to Russian borders and called on the West to study the proposals that Moscow will make in the near future to prevent an expansion of the Atlantic alliance to the east.

NATO towards the East and the deployment of weapons systems which threaten us near Russian territory “,” text “:” In dialogue with the United States and its allies, we will insist on the development of an agreement preventing any NATO’s further eastward advance and the deployment of weapons systems that threaten us near Russian territory “}}”>In dialogue with the United States and its allies, we will insist on the development of an agreement preventing any further progress of theNATO towards the East and the deployment of weapons systems that threaten us near Russian territory, he said, taking up a proposal from Russian President Vladimir Putin the day before.

In the near future, we will make proposals in this direction and we expect that their merits will be seriously considered, without excuse., said the Russian minister.

Mr. Lavrov then met for half an hour with his American counterpart Antony Blinken.

The two men shake hands and greet each other.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov during a meeting on the sidelines of the OSCE meeting on Friday in Stockholm, Sweden.

Photo: dpa via getty images / Jonathan Nackstrand

The latter had just called Moscow to the de-escalation and at the diplomacy, as Ukraine and its allies accuse Russia of making invasion preparations on its border. According to Kiev, Moscow has massed more than 90,000 troops on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

Sitting next to Mr. Blinken, Sergey Lavrov said he wanted to look for a balance of interests. Hope this is what we’ll deal with today, he said.

The United States is deeply concerned about Russia’s plans for further aggression against UkraineMr Blinken told him.

The meeting takes place near Stockholm, on the sidelines of the annual conference of theOSCE, a rare forum for dialogue of which the United States and Russia are both members.

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