Blinken: US to submit written response on security guarantees next week The US will provide a written response to Russia's proposals on security guarantees after negotiations with allies. At a meeting with Lavrov, Blinken asked “clarifying questions” that will help formulate the final answer .jpg” alt=”Blinken announced the deadline for Russia's written response on security guarantees” />
The US will submit a written response to Russia on security guarantees next week, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said at a press conference in Geneva after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“I told him (Lavrov.— RBC) that in the coming days we will hold talks with our partners and allies and after that, I hope, we will convey our concerns and ideas to Russia in more detail and in writing next week,— said Blinken.
Following the results of the meeting, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs also called the same terms. Lavrov noted that the reaction voiced by Blinken at the talks to the draft security guarantees proposed by Moscow was preliminary and “accompanied by some clarifying questions”, the answers to which should help the United States formulate a written response.
According to Blinken, they Lavrov agree that diplomatic work should continue. After the Russian side gets acquainted with the US proposals, Washington and Moscow agreed to continue discussing this topic, the US Secretary of State said.
Negotiations in Geneva lasted 1.5 hours. Both Blinken and Lavrov said they did not expect breakthroughs from the meeting. The Russian side hoped to receive answers on security guarantees, and Washington wanted to know what the Kremlin had come to as a result of the consultations that had already taken place.
At the beginning of the meeting, the US Secretary of State stressed that the United States is counting on a peaceful solution to problems with Russia. He called the talks another attempt to achieve de-escalation and prevent a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Lavrov, at a press conference following a meeting with Blinken, said that Russia had never threatened the Ukrainian people.
Negotiations on draft agreements on security guarantees were held from 10 to 13 January. Russia discussed them with the US, NATO and the OSCE. The key requirement of Russia— the termination of the expansion of the North Atlantic Alliance to the east, first of all, this refers to the refusal of Ukraine and Georgia in NATO membership. Other points concern the deployment of weapons and military bases in Europe and the countries of the former USSR.
According to the results of the negotiations, the parties did not come to specific agreements. The Kremlin called the talks “unsuccessful.” Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Ryabkov noted that the West proposes to discuss certain points, refusing to fulfill key requirements. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed the alliance's commitment to the “open door policy” and free choice by Ukraine of its own path. But he stressed that the bloc is ready to discuss certain demands of Russia.
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