Russia will not make any concessions in the US-NATO talks on security guarantees. This was announced on Thursday, January 13, by the Russian Ambassador to Great Britain Andrei Kelin.
“They said clearly and clearly – we will not make any concessions, this is our principled position,” he said on the air of the Russia 24 TV channel.
He explained that in return Russia is being offered a conversation on a whole range of aspects of European security – arms control, a moratorium on the deployment of intermediate and shorter-range missiles in Europe, as well as transparency and confidence-building measures.
“We know this whole set. But if we go to discuss this whole set, it will dissolve our key and principled demand for the non-expansion of NATO, on which we must get clear legal guarantees, “added Kelin.
On January 12, a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council ended in Brussels. The meeting took place at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Alliance. Negotiations began at 10 am local time (12:00 Moscow time). The meeting lasted longer than planned – more than four hours.
After the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council, the head of the US delegation, Wendy Sherman, said that a number of key Russian proposals on security were unacceptable. Sherman added that Washington officials told Moscow at a meeting with the Russian delegation that they were not going to close NATO’s doors. According to her, participating in the alliance is the choice of each participating state, and not a forced step. She also said that the United States hopes to hold a new meeting of the Russia-NATO Council.
In turn, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Grushko said that NATO is determined to contain Russia. He noted that Russia and NATO do not have a unifying positive agenda at all. He pointed out that the conversation between the two sides turned out to be frank, direct and intense, and also revealed many discrepancies.
At the same time, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the meeting of the Russia-NATO Council “a difficult but important discussion.” He stressed that there are differences between Russia and the alliance, which “are not easy to overcome, but it was important to start a dialogue.”
Negotiations on security guarantees take place in three phases. On January 10, a meeting of the Russian and US delegations took place in Geneva. On January 12, a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council was held in Brussels, and the next day consultations were scheduled at the Vienna platform of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.