Russian official: Moscow won’t allow deployment of NATO infrastructure in Georgia, Ukraine

Russia says that ‘it will have to take steps’ if NATO decides to deploy its infrastructure in Georgia or Ukraine. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images., 21 Dec 2021 - 16:14, Tbilisi,Georgia

Konstantin Gavrilov, the head of the Russian Delegation to the Negotiations on Military Security and Arms Control in Vienna, stated earlier today that ‘under no circumstances will Moscow allow the deployment of NATO infrastructure in Georgia and Ukraine.’ 

He said it is too early to talk about Russia's actions if NATO refuses to do so, but noted that the possible response ‘will be military-technical if there are no other arguments left.’ 

What to do and when to do it, this decision will be made by the Russian government based on an analysis of all answers received and statements,” Gavrilov said.

Russia has recently demanded that NATO break its promise to Georgia and Ukraine of future membership during the 2008 Bucharest summit. 

The Russian Foreign Ministry has already published on its website two draft agreements on ‘security guarantees’ between Russia, the US and NATO, which include restrictions on troop, ship, and aircraft deployments for both NATO and Russia, as well limits to the deployment of intermediate and short-range missiles abroad.