With US-Russia relations at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War, Moscow fears the tensions between powers could lead to a “dangerous” confrontation. Russian officials discussed the potential catastrophe at a Foreign Ministry meeting on Wednesday led by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
“It was noted during the discussion that bilateral relations had approached a dangerous confrontational threshold through the fault of Washington, who have provoked an unprecedented escalation between our states over the recent years,” the ministry said in a statement, as reported by Newsweek.
The statement added: “Russia is subjected to unprecedented pressure that the US pulls its allies into, introducing a strong ideological component to the standoff with Moscow. This line by Washington, which blatantly violates international law, will continue to come up against unwavering opposition as far as protecting Russia’s legitimate interests goes.”
The bleak assessment from Moscow comes as the US and NATO are stepping up military activity in the Black Sea, a potential flashpoint for a conflict with Russia. The Western powers held two large naval exercises in the waters this month after a British warship sailed 12 miles off the coast of Crimea, a reckless provocation that Russia responded to by firing warning shots.
There was hope for US-Russia relations after President Biden met with Vladimir Putin in Geneva on June 16th. The summit appeared to go well, but only a few days later, the US was again threatening Russia with sanctions.