Josep Borrell: I welcome the US response to Russia's security proposals “Borrell appreciates US response to Russia's security proposals” />
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell welcomed the US response to Russia's security guarantee proposals. He wrote about this on Twitter.
“I welcome [US Secretary of State] Anthony Blinken's written response to Russian security proposals. Only diplomacy makes it possible to achieve a lasting settlement for the people of Ukraine and the peoples of Europe”, — Borrell said.
The head of European diplomacy also urged Moscow to agree to further diplomatic efforts. “The EU and the US are united in their approach,” & mdash; he added.
The day before, on January 26, the Foreign Ministry announced that the United States had sent Russia a response to proposals for security guarantees. Moscow sent documents to NATO and the US in mid-December last year. The Russian proposals contained clauses on the non-expansion of NATO to the east and the refusal of the member countries of the bloc from any military activity on the territory of Ukraine.
Then, Russia held talks with the United States, NATO and the OSCE in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna. Washington promised to provide Russia with a written response following the meeting.
After transmitting the response, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that it listed the basic principles of NATO, in particular the principle of “open doors”, according to which any country can become a member of the alliance. He noted that the United States was not sure about Moscow's plans to unleash a war in Ukraine, and added that security talks would continue.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed his adherence to the “open door” principle; and listed three areas in which progress is possible within the framework of negotiations with Russia. This is the restoration of contacts between Russia and NATO, a real discussion of the concerns of the parties and the conduct of exercises. The Secretary General also demanded that Moscow withdraw troops from the territories that the alliance considers to belong to Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.
The Federation Council then said that Russia would need time to prepare a response to the proposals USA. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko recalled that Washington had been studying Russian proposals for a month and a half.
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