Moscow stated today that the world faces a new Cuban missile crises in Ukraine if Russia fails to meet its security requirements ‘here, now.

The Russian troops conducted a major military exercise in order to signal their concern about NATO’s seriousness ahead of next year.

The latest Russian drills were captured in videos, some of them close to Ukraine. This is amid concerns that Putin may invade the West if it fails to fulfill his demands.

Sergei Ryabkov (Hawkish deputy foreign minister) denied that he exaggerated when he said the current crisis was similar to 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis.

He said, “No, not too many,” in an interview to Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn magazine, when asked whether his comparison was excessive.

In the coming weeks, there are concerns that Russia could become a ally of Ukraine.

Exercises in Russia's western military district involved drills to repel a massive air strike by a simulated enemy on strategic facilities of the district, according to TV Zvezda, owned by the defence ministry. Around 1,000 servicemen took part in the war games which included 'repulsing an attack by enemy reconnaissance and sabotage groups' (pictured: tanks taking part in the war games)

According to TV Zvezda of Russia’s defence ministry, drills for a major air strike on the strategic areas in the western Russian military district were part of exercises. The war games involved around 1,000 soldiers participating in sabotage and enemy reconnaissance exercises. (pictured: Tanks taking part in war games).

Soldiers lie prone as they defend missile-bearing trucks during exercises in the western military district

Soldiers are seen lying down as they protect missile-bearing truck during an exercise at the western military district 

A soldier fires a missile during Vladimir Putin's most recent wargames amid tensions with Ukraine

One soldier shoots a missile in the midst of tensions between Ukraine and Vladimir Putin during his most recent wargames

Vladimir Putin addresses active and veteran Russian emergency service workers on Rescue Worker's Dayn at the Kremlin on Monday

Vladimir Putin speaks to veterans and active Russian emergency service personnel on Rescue Worker’s Dayn, Monday at the Kremlin

Ryabkov seemed not to be open to a Russian compromise. He sought to make sure that Ukraine wouldn’t join NATO. Ryabkov also promised not to send strike weapons to eastern European nations which are part of the western alliance.

He stated that he urged everyone to publicly consider the topic and to ask whether Russia should be held to ransom to comply with Western ultimatum demands.

And he stated clearly that “if we can’t do it, then nothing will happen.” [through diplomacy]Then open questions emerge about what next steps should be taken and what to do.

“We oppose escalation and we are against conflict, but we don’t draw any lines in the sand. Only logic leads us to believe that we’re not prepared to accept the current state of affairs.

He warned: ‘We can no longer postpone, let’s deal with this serious issue … here and now.’

He said, “We must stop the expansion NATO, NATO infrastructure and NATO capabilities further east.”

“We must exclude Ukraine from NATO.”

His words amplified Putin’s insistence on Russian TV that ‘I want everyone to realise, both in our country and abroad, I want our partners to understand one thing…

“It is not that we do not want anyone to cross a line.

It’s because we don’t have anywhere to go now.

‘They have pressed us against such a line… we have nowhere to go…

“Like I said they’ll deliver missile systems from Ukraine to Moscow within four to five minute flight time.

“Where shall we now go?”

“It’s only that they have brought us to the point where we need to tell them, “Stop!” It’s just that they’ve brought us to the point where we must tell them: ‘Stop!’

Hawkish deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov pictured in Vienna in June, 2020

Sergei Ryabkov, Hawkish’s deputy foreign minister, pictured at Vienna in June 2020

Moscow has for weeks been massing tens of thousands of troops, tanks and artillery pieces along its eastern flank, sparking fears of an invasion, though the Kremlin has insisted it is merely a defence force (pictured, Russian forces currently massed in border regions)

Moscow has been building up a force of defense forces along its eastern flank for several weeks.

Ryabkov's menacing statement comes just days after satellite images emerged showing a buildup of troops in the Crimea

Ryabkov made this threatening statement just days after satellite photos showed a rise in troops in Crimea. 

A pro-Russian separatist taking part in drills at a shooting range on the outskirts of Donetsk in rebel-held Ukraine on Christmas Day

An unidentified pro-Russian separatist takes part in drills on a range near Donetsk, rebel-held Ukraine.

A pro-Russian separatist at a shooting range in rebel-held Ukraine on Christmas Day

An unidentified pro-Russian separatist shoots at rebel-held Ukraine’s shooting range on Christmas Day

According to TV Zvezda of Russia’s defence ministry, drills were performed in the western military district to counter an air strike from a simulated enemy against strategic buildings.

Nearly 1,000 military personnel participated in war games that included the’repulsing a attack by enemy reconnaissance’ and’sabotage groups’.

According to reports, the weapons used were anti-aircraft systems S-300V and Tor-M2 as well as portable anti-aircraft systems Igla.

Footage also appeared to show the Buk-M3 surface-to-air missile system.

“Nearly 200 units were used in the operation of military, special and weapons equipment.”

Reports said that video was shown of the war games despite the announcement that approximately 10,000 troops had already left the Ukrainian border before Russia’s New Year holiday.

Russia stated that 500 officers of reconnaissance had participated in live fire exercise at Rostov Region, bordering Ukraine.

The servicemen used standard weapons to fire at targets that were modeled after the enemy’s army equipment and manpower.

Servicemen practiced their army tactical shooting skills and did live fire training using all standard small arms.

The training process was not affected by severe weather conditions, according to a statement issued by the south military command.

Fire training forms the base of combat training for reconnaissance units. It can be performed in all conditions.

Russian missile systems taking part in Putin's most recent show of strength

Russian missile system participates in Putin’s recent display of strength

A truck carrying a missile battery during the Boxing Day exercises

Boxing Day exercise: A truck with a missile battery

Footage also appeared to show the Buk-M3 surface-to-air missile system

Also, footage appeared to show Buk-M3’s surface-to-air Missile System

Recent drills took place in Krasnodar (which shares a border avec Ukraine) and in Crimea (annexed to Ukraine in 2014).

The paratroopers were from the Novorossiysk Airborne Division, with over 1,200 servicemen.

Ramzan Kadyrov from the Chechen Republic, a Putin-aligned ally, stated that forces from the region are ready to invade Ukraine if given the go ahead by the Kremlin.

He stated that Kiev was a permanent place where the West can establish military bases and dictate its demands regarding his country.

“I’m certain that the president will not permit it.

‘We [Chechnya]Are ready to deploy as an infantry force anywhere, and to complete orders with no problems.

Russia sent also two warships, the Vsevolod Robertrov logistic support vessel and the Georgy Kurbatov minesweeper from the Baltic Sea towards the Black Sea.

Each have crossed the Strait of Gibraltar to reach the Black Sea. This is the center of the geopolitical crises.

Further video footage shows that Russian forces were seen in Buryatia with MstaS self-propelled howitzers.

The Cuban Missile Crisis was the catalyst that brought the world to nuclear war.

Cuban missile crises brought the world closer to nuclear war than any other time in October 1962. 

Fidel Castro was overthrown by America in a failed coup attempt. The Cuban dictator allowed the Soviet Union nuclear missiles to be deployed in Cuba. It put most Americans within easy reach of these warheads. 

Russia could choose to launch missiles at America before Washington has a chance of retaliation.  

Nikita Khrushchev and John F Kennedy during a historic meeting a year before the Cuban Missile Crisis broke out

John F Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev at a historic meeting one year prior to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

America has already sent ballistic missiles to Italy and Turkey, putting them in easy reach of Moscow. 

In a broadcast to the American public on October 22nd 1962, President John F Kennedy stated that Soviets had launched missiles against Cuba. The US responded by erecting a blockade to the island. This was to make Castro and Khrushchev relent.

His declaration that America was willing to resort to military force in order to prevent what was considered a threat, was met with rape by the entire world. 

Another crucial moment occurred on October 24, 1962 when Soviet vessels heading to Cuba sped up towards the U.S. blockade enforcement ships. A breach of the blockade could have led to a military standoff but Soviet ships eventually backed off.

A U.S. invasion forces readied itself for an invasion of Cuba but were eventually stood down. Kennedy (pictured) showed restraint by not attacking the Soviets or Cubans

An invasion force of the United States was preparing for an attack on Cuba. However, they were finally stopped. Kennedy (pictured) was a good example of restraint, not attacking either the Soviets and Cubans.

A flashpoint which could have triggered all-out war was when an American reconnaissance plane was shot down on October 27, 1962.  

An invasion force of the United States prepared to invade Cuba. However, they were ultimately stopped.  Major Rudolf Anderson (35 years old) is the only American combat casualty in the Cuban missile crisis.

Kennedy and Khrushchev kept in touch throughout the tension to prevent any military conflict between the superpowers. Khrushchev sent Kennedy a message on October 26, 1962 in which he promised to destroy the Cuban missiles in return for U.S. leaders promising not to invade Cuba.

Khrushchev sent the letter the next day proposing that the USSR dismantle their missiles in Cuba, if they removed their missile installation in Turkey.  

Secret negotiations took place between Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev (JFK) and Robert Kennedy (the Attorney-General), and the Soviet ambassador Anatoly Dvorrynin. The result was a deal. Robert McNamara the U.S. Secretary Of Defense stated after the incident that it would be his ‘last Saturday’ because tensions continued to rise.

As a condition of America promising not to invade Cuba, the Soviets were willing to pull their missiles. Secretly, the US pledged to take out obsolete missiles from Turkey.  As a means of positive public relations, both sides declared victory. 

Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro enjoys a steak dinner while holding an impromptu press conference at the Theresa Hotel in Harlem during his visit to New York on September 23, 1960

Fidel Castro is Cuba’s Prime Minister and enjoys a steak meal while holding an impromptu conference at Harlem’s Theresa Hotel during his trip to New York, September 23, 1960.