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Russia will be forced to make serious political decisions if it is not satisfied with the US response to proposals for security guarantees, said on the TV channel «Russia 24» Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
“I do not want to anticipate what may happen in the near future, due to the fact that so far there is no formal written response from the United States and NATO to our proposals. If this answer is disappointing, then serious political decisions will have to be made, about which our president warned, including publicly, opponents from the other side, — said the diplomat.
He stressed that Russia does not want conflict, does not attack or threaten anyone, but only seeks to protect its own interests.
On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken discussed the projects proposed by Moscow in Geneva. Lavrov, following the talks, noted that the reaction of the American side was preliminary and was accompanied by clarifying questions, and Washington would provide a written answer next week. Blinken later confirmed this date.
The negotiations lasted an hour and a half. Blinken at the beginning of the discussion said that the United States was counting on a peaceful solution to problems with Moscow. “We do not expect to be able to resolve our differences today. But I hope and expect that today we will understand whether dialogue and a diplomatic path for a peaceful solution are still possible, — he said.
At a press conference after the meeting, Blinken said that the parties agreed to continue diplomatic contacts after the United States conveyed its “concerns and ideas” to Russia.
Since 10 By January 13, Russia discussed with the United States, NATO, and the OSCE draft treaties proposed by it on security guarantees. One of the key demands of Russia was the refusal of the North Atlantic Alliance to expand to the east and to include the countries of the former USSR in its composition. Moscow also suggested that NATO exclude the deployment of weapons and military bases in countries adjacent to Russia.
According to the results of these negotiations, it was not possible to come to specific agreements. Ryabkov noted that the West offers to discuss certain points, but refuses to fulfill the main requirements. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that Russia has no right to veto Ukraine's entry into the alliance.
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