The statement by the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland that the Russian authorities were responsible for the leakage of the U.S. and NATO responses to proposals on security guarantees to the media comes as a surprise, the Russian Embassy in the United States wrote on its Facebook account.
“One might as well assume that the Americans themselves made a copy of the document with notes, which was eventually handed over to journalists,” representatives of the Russian diplomatic mission in the United States said ironically.
The written responses of the US and NATO to Russia's proposals on security guarantees were published on February 2 in El Pais, a Spanish sociopolitical newspaper. According to the newspaper, the answers were allegedly sent to Moscow on January 26.
The Kremlin commented on the publication. Russia “did not disclose anything,” and does not know where the publication obtained the confidential documents, said Dmitry Peskov, the Press Secretary for the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. The Pentagon later confirmed its authenticity, although it was not entitled to do so.
The Spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova also refused to confirm the authenticity of the US and NATO responses to Russia's proposals on security guarantees published in the Spanish media. She suggested that the alleged authors of the previously published Western responses should be asked about the authenticity.
A little later, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby, commented on the high-profile article in the Spanish newspaper El Pais. He said that the United States had not published its response to Russia's proposals on security guarantees.
According to the article, the U.S. was ready to discuss mutual obligations to limit the deployment of offensive missile systems and forces in Ukraine with Russia.
Against this background, the U.S. continues to increase arms supplies to Ukraine. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported on February 4 that the seventh transport plane delivered 85 tonnes of cargo to Kyiv. Ukraine's Defense Minister, Oleksii Reznikov, even wrote an enthusiastic post on Twitter about this, saying that this is “not the end of deliveries” and several more planes are expected to arrive.
According to information released by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, the bulk of the military cargo delivered the day before consisted of 40 mm ammunition for the Mark 19 (Mk19) automatic grenade launchers. Earlier, the fourth flight from the United States arrived not with the FIM-92 Stinger MANPADS, as expected, but with the Mk19 Mod3 40 mm automatic grenade launchers. The number of grenade launchers delivered has not yet been disclosed but indirect evidence of this is the delivery of 40 mm ammunition for the Mk19 grenade launchers. The U.S. continues to pump Ukraine with weapons, pursuing its own goals, the main one of which is to pit Russia and Ukraine against each other, while, of course, they remain on the sidelines.
Against this background, the joint press conference held recently between Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, where both politicians warned Russia against “invading” Ukraine, looked comical. Moreover, Zelensky said that this conflict would escalate into a “full-scale European war” while Johnson believed that this invasion would turn into a “military disaster” for Moscow.
At the same time, Zelensky reported on possible political cooperation between Ukraine, Great Britain, and Poland. It is assumed that the agreements between these countries will be consolidated during the next visits of British and Polish Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Mateusz Morawiecki to Kyiv.
It became known a little earlier that the UK offered Ukraine and Poland to make a kind of triple alliance. This initiative was posted on Twitter by the British Council on Geostrategy. Moreover, the map on which Russia and Belarus were marked as hostile territories was published.
Meanwhile, the Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov underlined in a recent interview with Newsweek that the content of the American (and NATO) responses does not arouse much enthusiasm in Moscow. According to him, Washington proposes to focus on important but essentially secondary issues.
It seems that Washington's lack of understanding of Moscow's proposals even led to a serious, and, as the Western media report, the most heated argument in recent years between Russian and U.S. Permanent Representatives to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya and Linda Thomas-Greenfield right at the Security Council meeting the other day. Nebenzya adversely reacted to the statement that Russia had been allegedly trying to present Ukraine and Western countries as aggressors to “fabricate a pretext” to invade the neighboring country. Nebenzya accused the U.S. of “deliberate provocations” that contribute to tensions in the region and called “false” statements about Russia's intention to invade any states at all.
“You are waiting for this to happen as if you want your words to become reality,” Nebenzya said, adding that Ukraine is now ruled by “Nazis” because of U.S. actions. According to him, despite this, the West continues to try to make “heroes of those people who fought on Hitler's side.”