In Geneva on Monday, January 10, negotiations between Russia and the United States began on the issue of security guarantees. The interdepartmental delegation included representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
The meeting is being held in a closed format on the territory of the American permanent mission at the UN office. The Russian delegation is headed by the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov, the American – by the First Deputy Secretary of State of the United States Wendy Sherman.
At the same time, a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council is scheduled for January 12, and a multilateral meeting at the OSCE site is to take place a day later.
As Ryabkov noted, the United States wants to restore the work of the Russia-NATO Council on conditions unacceptable for the Russian side. According to him, we are talking about the agenda in which there is an emphasis on the so-called “Russian aggression” in Ukraine.
On January 9, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that the US administration does not expect any breakthroughs in the coming week in the upcoming Russian-American security talks. According to him, the American side will see if there is an opportunity to move forward.
On the same day, a Russian delegation arrived in Geneva to participate in talks with the United States on security guarantees. According to Ryabkov, Moscow is going to the meeting “not with outstretched hand”, the Russian side has a “clearly formulated task” that it will solve on its own terms.
Prior to that, on December 17, 2021, the Russian Foreign Ministry published draft treaties between Russia and the United States and NATO on security guarantees. It follows from the documents that the alliance should refuse to conduct any military activity on the territory of Ukraine and other states of Eastern Europe, Transcaucasia and Central Asia. Also, Russia and NATO commit themselves not to create conditions that could be regarded as a threat by the other side.