IP- A showdown with the United States and NATO is not in Russia’s interests as it may trigger armed clashes, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Friday.

Iran PressEurope:  "A face-off with the United States and NATO, which is fraught with an open armed conflict, is not in our interests," he said in a video address to the participants in the international conference marking the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

"We hope that the [US President Joe] Biden administration understands the risks of uncontrolled escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, given the repeated statements by their officials that they don’t plan to send American servicemen to Ukraine," he noted.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization in Russia as the military operation in Ukraine reached nearly seven months.

Efforts to begin partial mobilization will begin today, Wednesday, Putin announced. He said that a decree on partial mobilization had already been signed.

In a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, Putin said he was defending Russian territories and that the West wanted to destroy the country.

“The goal of the West is to weaken, divide and ultimately destroy our country,” at the start of a speech to the nation, said Putin.


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