In a recent interview with the Russian newspaper Izvestia, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov conveyed a striking message regarding Russia's stance on potential conflict with NATO.
Ryabkov, representing the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, did not dismiss the possibility of an armed conflict between the Russian Federation and NATO, suggesting that the future of such an occurrence depends on the actions of the North Atlantic Alliance.
The Deputy Foreign Minister also expressed skepticism about the restoration of relations between Russia and NATO in the foreseeable future.
He categorically stated that any hopes in the West for reconciliation or restoration of ties would be a significant misjudgment. According to Ryabkov, Russia had previously been open to negotiations, but only on terms of equality and mutual respect.
However, given the current circumstances, he finds it hard to envision a context in which such discussions could occur.
This statement from a high-ranking Russian official highlights the deepening divide between Russia and Western military alliances.
It reflects a hardline position from Moscow, signaling a readiness for confrontation and a dismissal of diplomatic efforts for de-escalation.