by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:
The Americans, wallowing in hubris and delusions of omnipotence, have blown the meeting with the Russians, as I expected them to do.
Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov expressed the Kremlin’s loss of patience:
“We do not trust the other side. It’s over, enough is enough.” The Americans “underestimate the gravity of the situation,” and failed to show an understanding of how key issues need to be resolved. “We are fed up with loose talk, half-promises, misrepresentations. It is absolutely mandatory to make sure that Ukraine never ever becomes a member of NATO.”
Ryabkov said he will make a decision on January 13 whether to continue the meeting.
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Ryabkov said if the militarization of Russia’s border by Washington did not cease, the Russian military will respond in a way that “will inevitably and unavoidably damage the security of the US and its European allies.” “We are calling on the US to demonstrate a maximum of responsibility at this moment. Risks related to a possible increase of confrontation should not be underestimated,” Ryabkov said, adding that “significant” effort has been made to persuade the Americans that “playing with fire” is not in their interests.
The insouciant State Department replied that NATO won’t stop expanding.