Lavrov: Russia received a preliminary reaction from the United States on security guarantees The head of the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that Russia had heard only a preliminary reaction on security guarantees. According to him, the United States will submit a written response next week “Lavrov reported on the US reaction on security guarantees” />
During the meeting in Geneva, the Russian side heard a preliminary oral reaction to the projects proposed by the US and NATO on security guarantees. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following a meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, broadcast by RBC.
“The reaction was preliminary, we were warned about this. It was accompanied by some clarifying questions addressed to us, the answers to which will help the American side <…> to prepare a written reaction to our written drafts under an agreement with the United States and under an agreement with NATO,— Lavrov said.
He also stressed that the experience of communicating with Western partners “is replete with examples when something was promised but not fulfilled,” but the parties expressed satisfaction with the negotiations. “Anthony Blinken told me that he was satisfied with the exchange of views that took place, which will help them [USA] next week <…> provide us with a written response [about security guarantees]»,— noted the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
When asked by an RBC correspondent about the right to make public the US responses when they are at the disposal of the Russian side, Lavrov said that he would turn to Blinken with a corresponding request.
Lavrov and Blinken's talks on Russian proposals for security guarantees took place in Geneva and lasted 1.5 hours. Earlier, Lavrov noted that he does not expect a breakthrough in relations with the United States from the negotiations, but he hopes to receive answers on security guarantees. Blinken also said that the State Department did not expect breakthroughs following the Geneva meeting, but would like to find out what the Kremlin came up with as a result of the consultations.
In December 2021, Russia sent the United States and NATO draft agreements on security guarantees, in which they proposed the alliance to consolidate the non-expansion of the alliance to the east, in particular at the expense of the countries of the former USSR, and also to refuse to deploy weapons in countries adjacent to Russia. After that, on January 9 and 10, negotiations between Russia and the United States were held in Geneva, on January 12, the documents were discussed within the framework of the Council of Russia— NATO in Brussels. A day later, the third round of negotiations took place along the line of Russia— OSCE on the same topic.
Following the results of the talks, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that they were unsuccessful. US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who represented the country at the talks, also announced proposals unacceptable to the Americans, in particular, Ukraine's non-entry into NATO and the return of the alliance's borders by 1997.
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