The Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, has reacted angrily to the Biden administration’s judgment that his country is ready to attack Ukraine. On Sunday, he appeared on “Face The Nation” and rejected the charges to anchor Margaret Brennan.
“I’ll get right to it. President Biden says that President Putin has decided to invade Ukraine. Is he correct?” said the host.
“You’ll say that it’s very difficult to correct your president. I do not want to be involved in any discussions in your country. I just would like to express our position. If you don’t mind, I will start from basic things. There is no invasion and there is no such plans,” According to the ambassador.
“It was fixed in Russian documents that we conveyed to our American friends in the State Department. Russia has publicly decided- declared its readiness to continue the diplomatic efforts to resolve all outstanding issues,” He stated.
“By the way, I would like to say a few things. Each state has a right to protect its boundary and border. The Russian Federation, the United States, as well as any state, has such a right. It’s no exception. Russian troops are on sovereign Russian territory. We don’t threaten anyone. Why do you- why do other countries try to impose their decisions on us? Where can we deploy our troops and how many? I would like to emphasize once again that this is our own territory. Can you even imagine that Russia will impose on the United States not to deploy your forces in Florida or in San Francisco?” He contended.
“Respectfully, Ambassador, you have troops in Belarus, which is not technically Russian territory. You have troops in Moldova. You have separatists you are funding and supporting in the east of Ukraine. This is not your territory,” Brennan retaliated.
“Yes. Well, we are talking about Belarussia. I hope that there will be an opportunity for us to discuss it. We will discuss joint drills that are undergoing. And I would like to say–,” Before Brennan cut him off, the ambassador added.
“You’ll see that as to United States, you have so many military bases in various countries. As to us, we have just only a few. And we can’t see any contradiction to any legally binding norms on this issue.,” He contended.
“It looks like intimidation. You have over 190,000 personnel in and around Ukraine, you’ve got it surrounded on three borders. Your words and your actions don’t seem to match, sir,” said the host.
“Again and again, I would like to say you that we have our legitimate right to have our troops where we want on Russian territory, on Russian territory. And I would like to say you that we are not threaten to anybody. We are not threaten to United States. We are not threaten to Ukraine,” The ambassador contended.
As the Ukrainian president stated his desire to meet with Putin, Brennan urged him on diplomacy.