Russia, US discuss Moscow’s requirements for security assurance – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

FILE PHOTO: Flags of the states of Russia and the United States flutter near a factory in Vsevolozhsk
FILE PHOTO: Flags of Russia and the United States of America fly near a factory in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Region, Russia March 27, 2019. REUTERS / Anton Vaganov

December 15, 2021

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Karen Donfried held talks in Moscow on Wednesday to discuss Russia’s request for binding security guarantees from the other side. West, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The talks come at a time of heightened East-West tension over the Russian military buildup near Ukraine. Western countries have warned Russia may be ready to launch a new attack on Ukraine, which Moscow has denied.

Russia wants the United States and NATO to ensure that the Western military alliance will not expand further east or deploy certain weapons systems in Ukraine and other countries bordering Russia.

“A thorough discussion has taken place on the issue of ensuring security (for Russia) in the context of the United States and NATO’s persistent efforts to change the military and political situation in Europe in the favor of the United States. for them,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. .

It did not give more details about the meeting.

The Kremlin says NATO expansion threatens Russia and goes against guarantees made when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. NATO says its operations are defensive in nature and designed to prevent block new Russian aggression, while Washington has repeatedly said that no country can veto Ukraine. NATO hopes.

Donfried, who is expected to meet President Vladimir Putin’s key man in Ukraine late on Wednesday, held talks a day earlier with top Ukrainian officials to offer support. in the face of a Russian military buildup.

Ukraine, which is at odds with neighboring Russia, has stepped up military cooperation with NATO, and the Group of Seven warned last week that Russia would face huge consequences and heavy costs if it attacked Ukraine.

Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region in 2014 and has supported pro-Russian separatists who seized a swath of eastern Ukraine that same year.

(Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Andrew Osborn) Russia, US discuss Moscow’s requirements for security assurance – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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