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Ambassador Gryzlov: Russia will not leave unnoticed the build-up of NATO forces near the Belarusian borders alt=”Gryzlov warned about the reaction to the buildup of NATO forces near the borders of Belarus” />
Russia will not leave unnoticed the buildup of NATO forces near the borders of Belarus, said the new Russian ambassador to Minsk Boris Gryzlov in an interview with TASS.
“During the aforementioned migration crisis, Poland deployed additional forces, including heavy weapons, to the Belarusian border. Of course, this does not go unnoticed, — he said.
According to Gryzlov, NATO does not cease to increase the number of forces and means “at the gates”; Russia”, which is attentive to the issue of border protection. As an example of activities in this direction, he cited the regular joint patrolling of the borders of the Union State by Russian and Belarusian aircraft.
The day before, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that about 30,000 military men, along with equipment and weapons, had accumulated on the border of the country with Poland and the Baltic states. In these countries, “on a rotational basis” there are from 8,000 to 10,000 US military personnel, the head of Belarus believes.
In addition, Lukashenka added that Poland has turned to NATO for military assistance. She asked for a “multi-layered logistics and technical support system” to be deployed in the region, the president said. This shows that the West is preparing something “long and serious,” he concluded.
NATO, where the parties discussed, among other things, the non-expansion of the alliance to the east. After that, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the alliance incapable of negotiating. In turn, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that the organization is ready to discuss arms reduction, despite the refusal not to accept new members.
Gryzlov became Russia's ambassador to Belarus on January 14, a corresponding decree was signed by President Vladimir Putin. Earlier, RBC sources in diplomatic circles said that Gryzlov would replace Yevgeny Lukyanov in this post.
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Chairman of the Supreme Council of the United Russia party Boris Gryzlov, recently also appointed Russian ambassador to Belarus , said that against the background of the migration crisis, “the build-up of NATO forces and means continues, in fact, does not stop at our gates.” Gryzlov specified that additional forces, including heavy weapons, were deployed from Poland to the Belarusian border.
Gryzlov also recalled that the updated Military Doctrine of the Union State was approved in November 2021, adding that further expansion of Russian cooperation and Belarus in the military sphere should be considered within the framework of this doctrine.
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State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that NATO allegedly seeks to occupy Ukraine. In this regard, the alliance is conducting informational preparations for the advancement of forces on Ukrainian territory.
Speaking at the opening of the spring session, Volodin stressed that NATO advisers and instructors are already there. According to him, now they are thinking “how to justify the introduction of troops.”
And also, in recent months, American congressmen and representatives of the State Department have been scaring the whole world with Russia's alleged plans to invade Ukraine. However, in reality, “Washington is trying to justify its expansion and the advance of NATO troops to Russian borders.” And now it is extremely important to conduct a dialogue on security guarantees.
Volodin also noted that Washington needs to revise its foreign policy doctrine. The U.S. should stop threatening because it will do nothing but complicate relations.
The New York Times previously reported, citing a senior SBU official, that diplomats at two Russian consulates in Ukraine were allegedly ordered to prepare for leaving the country. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation denied this information.
Demonstrated after negotiations with Russia on security guarantees, the unity of Western countries may not be so strong in reality. As the Wall Street Journal notes, while publicly the United States and its allies are united in rejecting Russia's demands to rule out NATO expansion, behind the scenes, some allies, especially those close to Russia, have raised concerns about several of the ideas voiced by officials during the talks. USA. This was told by the diplomats of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
We are talking primarily about the proposal of a mutual reduction in the scale of military exercises. Therefore, representatives of some European countries asked the US to provide more clarity regarding this proposal. They also ask for an explanation of the essence of the US proposal to restore the restriction on medium-range missiles.
At the same time, US and NATO representatives said that they had not yet put forward such specific proposals, but simply expressed ideas about positions that may be subject to negotiation.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reassured, noting that there would be many more consultations between the allies before any proposals or deals were made.
“If something is turned into concrete proposals, and even more so into concrete agreements, then this will be discussed in detail with the allies,” he said in an interview.
At the same time, some allies are concerned that NATO, having rejected the main demands of Russia, may make some concessions in order not to completely anger Moscow.
Peskov: relations with NATO approached the “red line” due to the “invasion” of the alliance in Ukraine NATO is approaching Russian borders, and the country cannot tolerate such a development, Peskov said. Under these conditions, Moscow is “forced to take precautionary measures”: Russian troops are near the Ukrainian border
Joint military exercises of NATO in Western Ukraine
Relations between Russia and NATO “came to the red line” due to the approach of the North Atlantic Alliance to Ukraine, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with CNN.
“We are witnessing a gradual NATO invasion of the territory of Ukraine with its infrastructure, its instructors, stocks of defensive and offensive weapons, training of the Ukrainian military and the like,” — he said (quote from RIA Novosti).
Peskov believes that the current situation poses a threat to stability and security in Europe and the “European security architecture”, and Moscow “can no longer tolerate” such a development.
“And this was the main reason why President Putin said: “Guys, for us this is— real threat»,— the spokesman added.
According to him, against the background of the “unfriendly atmosphere” due to NATO exercises and the advancement of its infrastructure to the east, Moscow is “forced to take precautionary measures.” “Russian troops are on the territory of the Russian Federation near the Ukrainian border, and we consider it necessary to leave them there in the face of a very tense situation,” — Peskov said. In an interview with “Echo of Moscow” the press secretary pointed out that the Kremlin ruled out the deployment of offensive weapons in Ukraine.
He also added that NATO, in the understanding of the Russian authorities— it is “an organization that was created for confrontation”, which every day approaches the borders of the country.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in December that NATO “has swung at the doorstep of our house,” which Russia will not put up with. President Vladimir Putin also said that the United States came with missiles to the “threshold of our house.” Clauses on non-expansion of NATO to the east, non-joining of the countries of the former USSR and a ban on military activity on the territory of Ukraine are contained in the draft security guarantee treaty that Russia sent to the alliance and the United States. They were discussed at a series of consultations between Russia, the United States and NATO, but the parties did not come to specific agreements.
NATO pointed out that they did not promise not to move eastward, and the decision to join the bloc of Ukraine should be taken Kiev and countries— alliance members. At the same time, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg insists that NATO support for Kiev does not pose a threat to Moscow.
For their part, Western countries, primarily the United States, believe that Russia is planning an “invasion” to Ukraine and is probably preparing a provocation as a pretext for this. The Russian authorities have repeatedly rejected these messages.
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Stoltenberg: NATO will not withdraw troops from countries that joined the alliance after 1997 At the same time, the bloc is ready to discuss arms reduction with Russia
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance is ready to discuss arms reduction issues with Russia, despite the fact that the parties disagree on key issues, for example, on the entry of new members into NATO, in particular, Ukraine. Stoltenberg said this in an interview with the Canadian television channel CBC.
“NATO allies cannot compromise the absolutely key principles of European, national security: the fact that each country chooses its own path— whether or not she wants to be a member of an alliance like NATO <…>. Also, we cannot agree that we should not have a military in all the countries that have joined NATO since 1997,— said Stoltenberg.
He noted that if the bloc goes to withdraw its troops, half of the countries that joined it will find themselves without protection and will become “second-class members.” At the same time, NATO is ready to discuss important issues with Russia, the solution of which “would be good for both Russia and NATO”, for example, the reduction of weapons, including nuclear ones.
The NATO Secretary General also called for a de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine. In his opinion, Russia should take measures for this. At the same time, the alliance is ready to listen to “concerns” Moscow regarding security in the region. According to Stoltenberg, NATO is not yet sure what Russia's intentions are regarding Ukraine, but given its “rhetoric” and «gathering of troops» near the Ukrainian border, we can talk about the threat of an escalation of the situation.
On January 12, in Brussels, for the first time in 2.5 years, meetings of the Council of Russia— NATO, where the parties discussed, among other things, draft security guarantees submitted by Russia. Stoltenberg called the discussion “difficult” but important. He said that the parties exchanged views on the situation in and around Ukraine, as well as the implications for European security. The Secretary General acknowledged that there are “significant differences” between Russia and NATO; on these issues and it will not be easy to overcome them.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in turn, noted that the negotiations were held in a businesslike manner and the alliance stated its tough position calmly.
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So far, there is no unanimity of opinion in Stockholm on joining the North Atlantic Alliance
The Swedish armed forces have once again become more active – and again, as, basically, in all recent years, due to the “Russian threat” widely discussed by the West. At the end of the past week, drones were seen over at least two nuclear power plants in Sweden, and the country's authorities, in parallel with the investigation of these incidents, increased their military presence on the island of Gotland. We figured out how serious the danger declared by official Stockholm is and how far it is from the long-discussed accession of the Scandinavian country to NATO.
On Friday, January 14, over two nuclear power plants (NPP) in Sweden — “Forsmark” and “Oskarhamn” — two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of unknown origin were spotted. If the first news about the UAV was connected with the fact that one of the locals was “playing around” with drones, the authorities later called the incident extremely serious. This was backed up by reports of an unidentified craft flying over the Ringhals NPP.
None of the sighted drones were shot down, but at least two factors indicate that serious forces could be behind unauthorized flights. Firstly, the zones above the nuclear power plants — flightless, launching your own drone there for any local resident is fraught with severe punishment. Secondly, according to the information about the incident over the Forsmark nuclear power plant, the UAV flying there was large enough and capable of developing high speed. That is, we are talking, if not about a combat drone, which is equipped with a supply of shock weapons, and therefore heavier than others, then at least a professional reconnaissance vehicle.
So far, no accusations have been made against a specific party from Stockholm, but the very fact of the simultaneous investigation of three incidents with UAVs, coupled with the fact that the Swedish military has increased its presence on the island of Gotland, is indicative. In particular, a special unit consisting of at least ten armored vehicles and about a hundred fighters was sent to the territory in the Baltic Sea, which belongs to Sweden.
Such measures have already been directly explained by the growing, according to the Swedes, the threat of Russia in the Ukrainian direction — against the background of a series of unsuccessful negotiations between the Russian Federation and Western countries last week. “Controlling Gotland has great influence over the entire Baltic Sea. If any other [other than Swedish] weapons are placed on the island, this will affect Sweden, Finland and the entire Baltic, — Swedish Minister of Defense Peter Hultkvist noted in this regard.
This is far from the first time that it is in Stockholm that the alarm is sounded regarding the “Kremlin aggression”. Back in the fall of 2014, shortly after the annexation of Crimea to Russia — and as a consequence of the unprecedented cooling of relations between Moscow and the collective West, — Swedish media reported about a Russian mini-submarine allegedly damaged off the coast of their country. The search for the submarine, however, yielded nothing, and five years later it was recognized that the signals that became the reason for the operation came from a faulty weather buoy.
However, even the debunked myths about the Russian threat do not dampen the enthusiasm of the Western military. Sweden is not a member of the North Atlantic Alliance, therefore, in her opinion, all possible “creeps” Russia is trying to stop and investigate on its own. At the same time, as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated, the Swedes (as well as the Finns), if they have a clear request, can be accepted into the military bloc as soon as possible. However, the current Swedish government refuses to do so.
Explain such a “half-hearted” Stockholm's policy is easy: being an economically prosperous country, Sweden does not want to spend extra money on compulsory membership contributions. In addition, both in Swedish society itself and in the political elite of the Scandinavian country there is no consensus on the need to join NATO, noted in a conversation with MK. Dmitry Danilov, Head of the Department of European Security at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
As the analyst emphasized, Sweden is de facto already in the orbit of the North Atlantic Alliance, enjoying almost all the advantages of cooperation with it, — with the exception of Chapter 5 of the Charter of the bloc, according to which an attack on a NATO member is regarded as a threat to the entire association.
“Against the background of a rather rigidly defined Russian position in negotiations with the United States in particular and NATO in general, the over-activity of the Swedish military is not surprising, — says Dmitry Danilov. — At the same time, Sweden undoubtedly demonstrates that, without being a member of the alliance, it is still part of the Euro-Atlantic strategy to contain Russia in the military and political spheres. Stockholm long ago adopted a policy of building up cooperation with NATO within the framework of various partnership programs. And, of course, Sweden is quite capable of quickly joining the Alliance. But for Stockholm, it is also important to maintain a conditionally neutral status, as well as independence from decisions made, for example, by the American side within NATO. Therefore, without a serious aggravation in Europe, one should not expect Sweden to join the bloc in the short term. But the Swedish authorities can keep the question of potential membership as a kind of “wild card”; — both in foreign and domestic policy».
WSJ: US allies concerned about ideas Washington put forward in talks with Moscow US allies are concerned that Washington has not discussed with them the ideas it put forward in talks with Moscow. In particular, according to the WSJ, we are talking about exercises in Europe and the missile treaty
Some countries— US allies remained unsettled by the proposals that Washington put forward in negotiations with Moscow on security guarantees without first discussing them with partners. This is reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing NATO diplomats.
According to the interlocutors of the publication, we are talking about the idea of ”mutual reduction in the scale of military exercises”, which some allies only learned about from the media (for example, on January 7, before the negotiations between the United States and Russia took place, NBC reported that Washington was ready to discuss the reduction the number of US troops in the Baltics and Poland, and the extent of military exercises conducted by both sides). The WSJ does not specify which states are in question, but the material says that they are “especially close to Russia.”
In addition, the WSJ writes, US allies would like to achieve greater clarity about Washington's proposals for Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), from which the country officially withdrew in August 2019.
According to the newspaper, some allies are concerned that as NATO rejects key Russian demands (notably that the alliance not expand eastward), Washington may make minor concessions in an attempt to “placate” NATO. Moscow.
The US and NATO say that they did not make official proposals to Russia, but only put forward ideas. According to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, quoted by the WSJ, if it comes to specific proposals, and even more so agreements, “this will be discussed in detail with the allies.”
Washington also says it works closely with allies and consults with them frequently. Earlier this week, US Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith assured that there was no question of any concessions. According to her, “some differences of opinion” within the North Atlantic Alliance— this is normal, since it includes 30 countries, but all NATO members are united in their readiness to continue the dialogue.
Negotiations between the United States and Russia on security guarantees took place on January 10 in Geneva, the Russian side called them complex, “very professional deep, specific. Deputy US Secretary of State Wendy Sherman considers the conversation to be not negotiations, but discussions, as they were not preceded by a meeting of experts who could work out the details.
Two days later, Russian representatives met with a NATO delegation in Brussels. All parties rated the meetings as businesslike and useful, but each of them stated that their opponents' demands were unacceptable. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the alliance demonstrated “complete inability to negotiate.”
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The results of the negotiations caused alarm
Negotiations between Russia and the US and NATO were unsuccessful. In the West, calls to protect Ukraine from imaginary Russian aggression have become louder and louder. But despite provocative statements by US and other NATO politicians, ordinary Americans and Europeans do not want war with Russia. Foreign users wrote about this on Twitter.
Thus, the German analytical center Schiller Institute made a statement: “The unacceptable behavior of the United States and NATO during negotiations with Russia has put the world under the threat of nuclear war. Further negotiations can prevent the worst-case scenario only if the West changes its policy and nip in the bud its fantasies of winning the war over Russia or China.”
American Sheri German wrote on Twitter: “The Biden government is doing everything possible to drag us into a war with Russia. I think they will try to pull off a false flag operation to avoid responsibility for their actions. The worst thing that could be done to rally the American people was a “small victorious war” with the Russian army on the Ukrainian border.
Malaysian blogger Ian Miles Chong wryly remarked: “If Biden pits America against Russia, after which the US is likely to suffer a crushing defeat, no one will remember his mistakes in the retreat from Afghanistan, in the fight against the epidemic or the container shipping crisis that continues and to this day? Now the people will express their dissatisfaction not with their own government, but with a ruthless and insidious external enemy. Good idea, isn't it?”
Angie Skies posted: “There's a saying: 'It's easier to spend other people's money.' I think that this phrase, in connection with the foreign policy of the United States, can be slightly changed: “It is easier to fight with proxy.” This is exactly what the US wants to do with its longtime ally, the European Union. Europeans need to seriously consider whether they want to shed their blood for a foreign country?
University professor Anthony Zenkus declared: “We do not want war with Russia in any way. Why don't we fight against the citizens of another country, but against poverty or climate change? In my opinion, these are the things that need to be paid attention to, and not political intrigues.”
Helen Tuttle wrote: “Biden is starting to look more and more like a sociopath. He doesn't care how many Americans will die in the coming war to save his tarnished reputation.”
NYT: in the event of an escalation, the United States will train Ukrainian fighters in Poland, Slovakia and Romania According to the newspaper, in the event of a Russian “invasion” Washington may organize the training of Ukrainian fighters in Poland, Romania and Slovakia. The United States and its NATO allies will supply Ukraine with weapons and medical equipment =”NYT learned about US plans to train Ukrainian fighters in three NATO countries” />
US authorities are considering the possibility of providing assistance to “Ukrainian rebels” in case of “invasion” Russia to Ukraine. This is reported by The New York Times with reference to representatives of the American administration.
According to the newspaper, as part of providing assistance to Kiev, Washington can organize the training of Ukrainian fighters on the territory of three countries from the eastern flank of NATO— Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
According to the interlocutors of the publication, the United States and its NATO allies intend to provide Ukraine with material and technical support and supply weapons. In addition, they say, Washington and other members of the North Atlantic Alliance will provide medical equipment and services to Ukraine, and will also be ready to provide shelter “in the event of a Russian offensive.”
According to NYT information, which refers to high-ranking officials of the administration of US President Joe Biden, in the event of an escalation of the situation, the Ministry of Defense and the CIA intend to provide military assistance to Ukraine, and it will come from the Pentagon openly, and from the intelligence department— secretly.
Russia has repeatedly rejected reports of an impending “invasion”; to Ukraine and called them escalating tensions. The Kremlin emphasized that Moscow had no “aggressive plans”; in relation to other countries. The theme of a possible “attack” Russian side to Ukraine began to rise in the Western media in the fall of 2021, and the US authorities also expressed concerns about this.
On January 14, the NYT and CNN reported that the United States had evidence that Moscow was preparing a “task force to conduct a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine.” According to CNN, the Biden administration believes that Russia could drop the saboteurs weeks before the “military invasion” that could begin between mid-January and mid-February. Later this was announced in the White House. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the data unfounded.
Earlier this month, CNN reported that the United States would provide Ukraine with $200 million in military aid, which President Joe Biden's administration secretly approved. According to the channel, the new aid package includes the same defensive equipment as before, including small arms, ammunition, protected radios, medical equipment. Politico wrote that as part of its support for Kiev, Washington will give it a radar system and maritime equipment. In addition, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki reported that the United States is studying the option of sending military personnel to Eastern European countries if relations between Russia and Ukraine escalate even more.
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The State Department announced the readiness of the United States and NATO for a new meeting with Russia
US State Department: Washington and NATO are ready for a new meeting with Russia On January 10-13, three rounds of negotiations on security guarantees were held. Russia considered them fruitless and does not consider it necessary to hold new consultations in the near future. The US and NATO expressed their readiness to continue the dialogue
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (left) and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken (right)
The United States and NATO are ready to meet again with the Russian side to continue the dialogue, they say in a State Department statement following telephone conversations between Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Blinken and Stoltenberg discussed “the next steps after the meeting of the Council of Russia— NATO”, which took place on January 12. The State Department statement emphasizes that Washington and its allies in the North Atlantic Alliance are committed to a diplomatic way of resolving the situation. The parties called on Russia to “immediately take measures to de-escalate the ongoing aggression against Ukraine.”
From January 10 to 13, three rounds of talks between Russia and the United States, NATO and the OSCE on Moscow's proposed security guarantees took place. The consultations ended without concrete results, the Russian side assessed them as unsuccessful.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov earlier said in an interview with RTVI that he sees no reason to sit down again at the negotiating table in the coming days, pointing to “a dead end or difference in approaches sides.
Last December, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent draft strategic security treaties to the US and NATO. In particular, Moscow suggested that the alliance refuse to expand to the east and include Ukraine in its composition, as well as to deploy military bases on the territory of the countries of the former USSR.
On January 10, talks between Russia and the United States took place in Geneva. They lasted almost eight hours. The day before, Ryabkov and US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman held preliminary consultations as part of negotiations on the situation in Ukraine and strategic security treaties.
On January 12, a meeting of the Russia— NATO in Brussels. Ryabkov said that the consultations failed to agree on the non-expansion of the alliance to the east, and Russia considers this topic to be key for its national security. Earlier, Stoltenberg stated that NATO excludes the possibility of a compromise with Moscow on the issue of Ukraine's membership.
On January 13, the discussion of security guarantees continued in Vienna at the OSCE site. Russia's representative to the organization, Alexander Lukashevich, following the talks, said that to get an “adequate response” from the partners Moscow's proposals failed.
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If NATO refuses to comply with Russia's demands for security guarantees and does not return to the 1997 borders, Moscow may use unilateral military measures.
This was announced on the air of Vesti FM by political scientist and orientalist Yevgeny Satanovsky. In his opinion, Washington is in a disadvantageous position in which it is dangerous to try to “talk teeth.”
“That is why it is said that we will not wait forever. For example, the systems located at the facilities of the North Atlantic Alliance will simply stop working. This can not be with the current technical equipment of the Russian Federation? It can easily!”, – said the expert.
For attempting direct military pressure on Russia, NATO may pay even more. Moscow may respond to the calls of some countries to “bombard it with missiles.” Satanovsky stressed that American ships with missiles and submarines will simply not enter the Black Sea and will not be able to hit Russia from there.
“Why should they enter there if there is Crimea from the north with all the systems, and from south – Khmeimim and Tartus bases with appropriate equipment? Who said that in the current situation, American ships with Aegis missiles, and submarines, whether Ohio or not, will be able to comfortably settle down in the Black Sea and attack Russia from there? They won’t enter there, and that’s it,” the expert emphasized.
Evgeny Satanovsky also raised the issue that NATO had not promised not to expand to the East at one time.
“It turns out that there is a printout – it is in the library of Congress – of Baker's conversations with Gorbachev on the topic that NATO “will not move one inch” to the east, ”the expert said.
Earlier, the political scientist promised that everyone who wanted a new will receive it in 2022. He cited a well-known saying – be afraid that your wishes will come true.
Already today, NATO from Estonia can reach St. Petersburg with rocket artillery
The decision on membership of Ukraine and Georgia in NATO has already been made. This was announced on Friday in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica by Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He clarified that the problem is only in terms. They have not yet been determined and depend on how quickly these countries can bring their armed forces up to NATO standards.
What might these timeframes be? What threatens us if Ukraine and Georgia are still accepted into NATO? And what might Russia's response be? To these questions «MK» answered the leading Russian military expert, member of the Expert Council of the Board of the Military-Industrial Commission, editor-in-chief of the Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine; Retired Colonel Viktor Murakhovsky.
– «NATO Standards» such a limitless concept that the Alliance can include countries and armies that absolutely do not meet any standards, the expert says. – Here the decision is made according to the situation that is beneficial specifically for the United States and NATO.
Did when the Baltic countries – the former Soviet republics joined NATO, did they meet at least some of its standards? Of course not. The same applies to the countries of Eastern Europe – the former members of the Warsaw Pact, for example, Bulgaria, Romania. They, too, were inconsistent with the military structure, decision-making processes, and command and control of NATO. Not to mention equipment and weapons – they entered the bloc with old Soviet weapons. That is, when it was beneficial for the United States, nothing stopped them from accepting these countries into NATO. So all the talk about standards and alignment with Alliance structures is it's all just a figure of speech.
Murakhovsky refused to openly comment on specific military and military-technical measures that Russia could take if Georgia and Ukraine join NATO, because, according to him, the situation here largely depends on Moscow's political decisions. At the same time, he clarified that the “remote threat” already exists on the borders of Russia.
– From the center of St. Petersburg to Estonia, 180 km. And now Estonia, along with other countries, is buying the MLRS and HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems from the United States, which calmly cover the entire St. Petersburg. There are generally less than 70 km to Pskov. And when we talk about the fact that such countries as Ukraine and Georgia are appearing in NATO, then for us this simply poses a new direct threat. In addition to all those strike weapons and missile systems that already worry us today, a ground military group will be present at our borders. The enemy will be practically in the same place where he stood in the 17th century when he threatened Smolensk, Moscow.
Naturally, we are not ready to look at everything that happens indifferently. Our retaliatory measures on this score are not yet pronounced aloud and are not submitted for general discussion. But I will say this: we will focus on an asymmetrical response that will create a threat directly to the United States itself, and not to some kind of Ukraine.
Relations with the West are approaching the “X hour”
We can only dream of peace – this seems to be the main informal slogan of 2022. As soon as the crisis in Kazakhstan faded into the background, two horror stories from the last weeks of last year took its place – the Omicron strain threatening to increase the number of new cases of covid to astronomical values and the prospect of a sharp escalation of confrontation with the West.
But here is the fundamental difference between these three crises. The rampage of “Omicron” is a natural element, the future scope of which a person can only guess. The process of an avalanche-like collapse of power in Kazakhstan also began unexpectedly for most of the leadership of the republic. But in the approach of our relations with the West to the “hour X” there is not a single gram of surprise. So far, everything is going exactly according to the schedule developed in the Kremlin.
There is such an English catchphrase – go through the motions. It means performing all the required actions and movements, but without any hope that they will give the desired result. The January talks between Moscow and the West at three venues (the Ryabkov-Sherman dialogue in Geneva, the dialogue with NATO, and the dialogue at the OSCE platform) are exactly go through the motions on our part. There is a thinly concealed impatience in many statements by Russian officials. Like, have you talked? We talked. Did not work out? Did not work out. Wonderful! We didn't expect anything else. Let’s move on, therefore, to what might actually work—Putin’s notorious “Plan B.”
I will make a reservation right away: this plan has not yet been put into action. We are in the middle of another delay. Russian diplomacy is waiting for a precise written response from the United States to its proposals, where everything will be set out point by point: what is accepted (yes, for the sake of diversity, it could theoretically be), what is rejected out of hand, and what can be a subject for further discussion. But this delay seems to be purely technical. Having taken the position before the start of negotiations “either all our demands are accepted, or go through the woods” and “no delay”, Moscow clearly showed in advance that it does not count on a “good agreement”.
“Our patience has run out. We are very patient, you know that we harness for a long time. We harnessed for a very long time, now it's time for us to go. We are waiting for the coachman on that wagon to answer us specifically on our proposals, ”Sergey Lavrov said today at a press conference. Translated from the diplomatic: give us your piece of paper as soon as possible! We can't bear to do the real thing, and not this endless transfusion of yours from empty to empty.
The expectation of this “real thing” has indeed become painful for a long time. It is impossible to constantly be in a state of permanent uncertainty and suspension. But at the same time, I'm waiting for “real things” without any joyful anticipation. The constant declaration of the thesis “our cause is just” is not enough to achieve success in politics (it does not matter – in international or domestic). Success requires resources, allies, and a plan that can work. Official Moscow behaves as if it has all this. But what exactly is this belief based on?
With allies in Europe, we are now very tight. At the press conference, Lavrov made a number of other interesting statements: “The US and NATO are hindering the attempts of the European Union to achieve autonomy in security matters.” I agree, they interfere. But aren't we helping the US and NATO in this task? Didn't we “lose our patience” too quickly?
Back in the early autumn of last year, there was no question of any fateful confrontation with the West over NATO expansion. But suddenly everything on our side changed in the most radical way. Now the question is put like this: either pan or gone. In my opinion, such a decisive and not fully understood plot twist – why did our patience run out right now, and not six years ago? contributes to our isolation in Europe.
If a diver ascends from a great depth too quickly, he may experience decompression. Now, it seems to me, we are witnessing a political decompression. During the past butts with NATO over military infrastructure in the old world in the 70s and 80s, the USSR had such a strong ally as a powerful anti-war movement in countries that were and still are US allies. Now nothing of the kind is observed. Public opinion in Europe is consolidated on anti-Russian positions. And I believe that we have made a very significant contribution to this consolidation. In terms of pushing Sweden and Finland towards the North Atlantic Alliance, Moscow has done no less than Washington.
Who else can be seen among our reliable allies? Belarus? Well, well, the very phrase “Lukashenko is a reliable ally” contains a deep internal contradiction. Kazakhstan? Now ranting about “understanding the importance of allied relations with the Russian Federation,” the new Minister of Information of the republic, Askar Umarov, is in itself an answer to the question of how deep these relations are. And these countries are not of that caliber, with all my deepest respect for them.
The only potential serious partner of Russia in terms of confrontation with the West is China. By announcing Putin's talks in Beijing as early as early February, Lavrov made a bid for a very serious intrigue. But so far, there are no signs that Russia and China are conducting a multi-move with the West, acting “in concert”, there is no evidence. Instead, we still see a “flight in parallel courses”, coupled with a constant expression of mutual respect, respect and moral support.
Of course, in a sense, it's good that we do not see what kind of cards are in the hands of Putin. Who is forewarned is forearmed. Who warned – he disarmed. But here’s what I personally miss so much is the confidence that we really have strong trump cards in our hands that can ensure the achievement of Moscow’s strategic goals. GDP has raised the stakes in the game so much that bluffing is no longer an option.
Foreign Minister Lavrov explained the differences between NATO and the Union State with a phrase about polite people. NATO has a habit of “inviting” other countries to join its allies, but this is not Russia's method – “we are polite people,” Lavrov emphasized
Russia does not have the habit of “inviting” other countries become allies, as happens in the West, but Russia has a special procedure that allows constructive consideration of relevant applications. This was announced at the annual press conference by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, broadcast by RBC.
“We don't have that habit” invite someone <…> We have a procedure according to which, if someone applies, we, of course, consider [such an appeal], and consider it constructively,— the head of the Foreign Ministry answered the question about the possibility of joining Kazakhstan to the Union State.
According to him, the habit of “inviting” exists among Western states, in particular among NATO countries. “This is not our method. We are polite people, — noted Lavrov.
According to the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, in the coming months, NATO may build up forces near the Russian borders under the pretext of a possible threat of “invasion”; to Ukraine.
He noted that Russia has run out of patience, so she raised the issue of not expanding the alliance to the east right now. Lavrov recalled that since the 1990s, the block has “thrown into the trash” all promises about non-expansion to the east and non-deployment of significant forces in the territories of new participants.
The Russian Foreign Minister also said that NATO artificially lures new members. “In particular, quite interesting statements have recently been made that the Scandinavian countries <…> would be welcome»,— Lavrov gave an example.
NATO includes 30 countries. Among the Scandinavian states in the bloc are Norway and Denmark. Sweden and Finland are partners in the alliance but are not members of it. In early January, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced that the country retains the possibility of applying for membership in NATO.
Ukraine and Georgia have repeatedly declared their desire to join the North Atlantic Alliance.
Since the fall of 2021, there have been reports in the Western media about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia denied all accusations. The Kremlin noted that the movement of troops across the country— it is her internal affair. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, drew attention to the increased activity of NATO near the Russian borders. He demanded legal guarantees for the non-expansion of the alliance to the east.
On December 17, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent proposals on security guarantees to the US and NATO. They contained a clause on the non-expansion of the alliance to the east, in particular on the obligation not to accept Ukraine into the bloc. Negotiations on them with Washington and NATO took place on January 10 and 12, the next day the discussion took place at the OSCE site. The parties failed to agree on the clause on Ukraine.
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German Defense Minister Lambrecht said that NATO will not allow blackmail from Russia Russia does not have the right to veto in matters relating exclusively to NATO, German Defense Minister stressed .ru/v6_top_pics/media/img/7/57/756421642501577.jpg” alt=”German authorities said that NATO will not allow blackmail from Moscow” />
NATO will not allow blackmail from Moscow and will not agree to a Russian veto against expansion. This was stated by German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht, reports Reuters.
“These red lines should be clear in all upcoming negotiations. But between these red lines and military conflict, there are many opportunities that we must use, — she emphasized.
Next week, German Defense Minister plans to meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Berlin.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that Moscow raised the issue of not expanding the bloc to the east right now because it ran out of patience, because since the 1990s, NATO has “thrown into the trash” all promises about non-expansion and non-deployment of significant forces in the territories of new participants.
Since the fall of 2021, reports have appeared in the Western media about a possible “invasion”; Russia to Ukraine. Moscow denied all accusations. President Vladimir Putin pointed to increased NATO activity near Russia's borders and demanded legal guarantees for the alliance's non-expansion to the east.
On December 17, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent proposals on security guarantees to the US and NATO. They contained a clause on the non-expansion of the alliance to the east, including the obligation not to accept Ukraine into the bloc. Negotiations on them with Washington and NATO took place on January 10 and 12, but the parties failed to agree on the point on Ukraine. Russia on security guarantees that provide for the non-expansion of the bloc to the east. Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said that Moscow defied international law by demanding that Ukraine not be admitted to the North Atlantic Alliance.
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Russia does not lure other states into its allies, as NATO does, because “we are polite,” the Russian Foreign Minister said. Sergei Lavrov answered journalists' questions for more than three hours – in the RBC video .jpg” alt=””We are polite”: what Lavrov said about the negotiations with NATO, the CSTO and Ukraine” />
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Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that NATO is trying to artificially lure countries into an alliance The Foreign Minister cited the Scandinavian countries that are not members of NATO as an example. He recalled that the organization is already making statements that these countries will be welcome there
The North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) continues its attempts to artificially lure new members. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, broadcast by RBC.
“Attempts to artificially expand the composition of the North Atlantic Alliance do not stop. In particular, quite interesting statements have recently been made that the Scandinavian countries <…> would be welcome»,— he said.
Lavrov added that Russia is preparing for any developments while waiting for a response from the US and NATO on the proposed security guarantees. “Our patience has run out. <…> We harnessed for a very long time, and now it's time for us to go. We are waiting for the driver on that wagon to answer us specifically on our proposals, — concluded the minister.
NATO includes 30 states. The Scandinavian countries in the alliance include Norway and Denmark. Sweden and Finland have the status of states — partners of the military bloc.
In early January, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that the country retains the possibility of applying for membership in NATO. “We retain the ability to apply to join NATO. We must cherish and preserve this freedom of choice, because it concerns the right of each country to make its own decisions in the field of security, — she pointed out.
Later, US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said that the US was ready to discuss with Finland and Sweden their accession to NATO if they wanted to. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in turn, noted that the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO “can go very quickly.”
The discussion on the inclusion of new states in the North Atlantic Alliance is taking place at against the backdrop of negotiations with Russia on security guarantees offered by the Foreign Ministry in mid-December. In particular, they provide for non-expansion of the alliance to the east and non-deployment of weapons near Russian borders.
Security talks between Russia and the United States were held in Geneva on January 9 & ndash; 10, meetings with NATO and OSCE representatives were held on January 12 and 13, respectively . As a result, Lavrov declared that NATO was completely incapable of negotiating. Stoltenberg, in turn, once again noted that Russia cannot veto Ukraine's entry into the bloc. He stressed that all members of the alliance are unanimous in this opinion.
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During a press conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke about the results of consultations between Russia and the United States on security guarantees in Geneva and talks with the participation of NATO countries in Brussels. According to him, Moscow very clearly outlined and argued in detail to its Western colleagues the need to concentrate on stopping the expansion of one bloc to the detriment of the interests of other states on the European continent.
“I would like to emphasize that it is precisely legally binding guarantees that are needed, because the political obligations that were fixed in the 90s, not to mention verbal promises, have never been fulfilled by our Western partners,” the minister stressed. – And apparently, they are not going to do this even now… We explained in detail the flaws of such an approach and the unacceptability of the one-sided interpretation of those very political obligations on non-expansion of NATO and ensuring the indivisibility of security.
According to Lavrov, written answers are expected from Western colleagues. In the meantime, Russia will continue to work to be ready in case of any development of events.
“In general, we are convinced that if there is good will and a willingness to compromise, then a mutually acceptable solution can always be found,” he added. head of department. – Let me remind you how at the beginning of last year it was possible to extend the treaty on the limitation of strategic offensive arms for 5 years without any conditions, as proposed by the Russian Federation. We appreciated this move by the Biden administration.
The need for dialogue on all issues of strategic stability, on all weapons that affect strategic stability, was agreed by Presidents Putin and Biden during a meeting in Geneva on June 16 last year. A very important statement was also adopted, which confirms the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won, therefore it must never be started.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov commented on the possibility of Ukraine's entry into NATO, he said that it was “a red line ”,
“We categorically do not accept the appearance of an alliance on the Russian borders, this is a real red line,” he told reporters at a press conference.
According to him, the appearance of shock troops in Ukraine weapons and NATO military bases, even without the country joining the alliance, this is also a “red line”.
Lavrov is also sure that the supply of weapons by the West to Ukraine “creates an additional temptation” for Kiev to start resolving the conflict in Donbass by force.
Norway has notified Russia of a NATO exercise following security talks In addition to the Norwegian military, forces from 28 NATO and partner countries will take part in the exercises. The maneuvers will take place in the spring in Norway. The notification came two days after Russia-NATO talks on security guarantees alt=”Oslo told Russia about NATO exercises amid security talks” />
Norway has notified the command of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy about the Cold Response-2022 military exercises in the North Sea and on the territory of the kingdom, the press service of the fleet reported. In addition to the Norwegian military, the forces of other NATO member countries will take part in them.
The maneuvers will take place in March and April. They will be attended by about 40 thousand Norwegian military, as well as about 28 countries that are members of NATO and partner countries of the alliance.
Lieutenant General Yngve Odlo, Commander of the Operational Command of the Armed Forces of Norway, informed the Commander of the Northern Fleet, Admiral Alexander Moiseev, about the exercise. Odlo assured that the military forces of his country “strictly adhere to the Vienna Document on Confidence and Security Building Measures, adopted at the OSCE Forum in 2011, and stand for the transparency of major military exercises.”
Moiseev, in turn, thanked Norwegian Lieutenant General and wished safe maneuvers, the press service of the Northern Fleet noted.
Cold Response exercises have been held in Norway since 2006.
On January 12, in Brussels, for the first time in 2.5 years, a meeting of the Council of Russia— NATO. During the meeting, the parties discussed Russia's demands for security guarantees and NATO's non-expansion to the east.
After the talks, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia could not veto Ukraine's entry into the bloc. He stressed that all members of the alliance are unanimous in this opinion. Deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Grushko, who represented Russia, in turn said that the expansion of NATO “does not erase the dividing lines, but transfers them.” towards expansion. He noted that it is in the common interest to maintain the regional configuration that exists today.
Stoltenberg also stressed that Russia must ensure de-escalation in the framework of the Ukrainian conflict, but assured that NATO is ready to sit down at the negotiating table now. Grushko noted that first Kiev must fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements.
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Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Admiral Robert Bauer commented on reports that Russia could deploy missiles in Cuba and in Venezuela as a response to the US and the alliance's refusal to agree with Moscow on security guarantees.
Bauer noted that Cuba and Venezuela are not NATO territory. At the same time, he stressed that a number of NATO allied states would be “concerned by such a development of events.”
Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov, in an interview with RTVI, in response to a question about Russian missiles in Cuba and Venezuela, answered : “I don't want to confirm anything, (…) or rule it out.”
Security talks in Europe are likely to continue. Most experts were sure in advance that the US and NATO would not immediately accept the radical conditions put forward by Moscow. But both sides have a bargaining field
It was hardly worth hoping that the Russian security proposals would be fully accepted by the West, but Moscow is interested in continuing negotiations, experts interviewed by RBC assessed the situation.
“Someone could hardly seriously hope that the Russian proposals will be accepted. It's like asking NATO to dissolve itself. You can, of course, put the question this way, but there are not very many reasons to believe that this demand [on non-expansion of NATO to the east] will be accepted, — Andrey Kortunov, CEO of the Russian International Affairs Council, told RBC.
In the expert's opinion, the question now is whether the Russian side will be ready to start from those issues on which it has been possible to achieve some kind of rapprochement of positions. “These, of course, are not issues as big as the refusal to move NATO to the east and return to the situation of 1997, but nevertheless these are significant issues for both sides,” — he points out.
According to Kortunov, negotiations can be held on a moratorium on the deployment of a new generation of medium-range and shorter-range missiles in Europe by Russia and the United States, on the restoration of the work of the Russia — NATO, including the military dimension of this council, the issue of creating a buffer zone, a corridor along the line of contact with NATO, on the start of new negotiations on arms and armed forces control in Europe, similar to the CFE treaty.
Kortunov admits that the Russian side is disappointed that the main proposals were not accepted, but, he recalls, most experts, including Russian ones, proceeded from the fact that these proposals could not be accepted in full, at least for now .
“As far as one can judge from the totality of statements by Russian officials, Moscow is interested in continuing negotiations,” — Andrey Baklitsky, senior researcher at the Institute for International Studies at MGIMO of the Russian Foreign Ministry, told RBC.
After the European tour, the US delegation will return to Washington, and it is expected that a document with American proposals will be sent to Moscow, and further work will be based on it, the expert explained.
Negotiations on Russia's demands for security in Europe, the main of which was the rejection of further NATO expansion, were held in three stages: on January 10 with a US delegation in Geneva, on January 12 with a NATO delegation in Brussels, and on January 13 with an OSCE delegation there.
All sides rated the meetings as businesslike and useful, but each of them stated that their opponents' demands were unacceptable. Following the talks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared that NATO was completely incapable of negotiating. The Kremlin stressed that they would wait for the written proposals of the United States following the negotiations.
NATO assured that they would not change their open door policy, while emphasizing that the issue of Ukraine's entry into the bloc was on the agenda in the near future not worth it. At the same time, the bloc expressed its readiness to discuss missile issues, as well as arms control and their deployment in Europe.
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From January 10 to 13, three rounds of talks between Russia and the United States, NATO and the OSCE on security guarantees took place. They haven't given concrete results yet. What they said about the results of the meetings in Moscow and abroad – in the material of RBC 756420959636260.jpg” alt=”Russia's talks with the United States, NATO and the OSCE. Main statements” />
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The Baltic countries, amid the aggravation of the situation around Ukraine and the negotiations between Russia and the United States, are asking Brussels to increase the military presence of the alliance in the region. To date, only a few battalions are deployed there
The Baltic countries are negotiating an increase in the number of NATO contingents on their territory in connection with the threat from Russia. Estonian Prime Minister Kaya Kallas said this, according to Reuters.
“ Of course, we are discussing with our allies the issue of increasing their presence here as a deterrent. If you look at the map, the Baltic states & mdash; this is a NATO peninsula, and therefore we have concerns '', & mdash; she said.
In an interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro on January 10, Callas also said that the Baltic countries are seeking an increase in their military presence from NATO and specifically the United States. “ In 2014, after the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the allies decided to deploy an international contingent in our country. Since then, there has been a battalion of British, French and Danish servicemen in Estonia, and in Latvia & mdash; another, under Canadian command. Our goal is & mdash; to strengthen this contingent, and the recent events on the border of Ukraine, of course, cannot but force us to redouble efforts in this regard, '', & mdash; she explained. According to Callas, the “ most powerful deterrent '' the appearance of US troops in the Baltics could become.
Alliance Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg did not rule out the possibility of increasing the military presence in the countries of NATO's eastern flank. “ If Russia once again uses force against Ukraine and continues the 'invasion' to Ukraine, then we must seriously consider the need to further increase our presence in the eastern part of the alliance '', & mdash; quoted by Reuters in Brussels.
An agency source among NATO diplomats confirmed to Reuters that NATO defense ministers could discuss additional deployments in the Baltic states at a scheduled meeting in mid-February.
In 2016, NATO members agreed to deploy four multinational combined battalions in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. In addition, fighters from NATO countries are present in the Baltic countries on a rotational basis, which protect the airspace in this region. The air forces of NATO countries have been protecting the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania since 2004. They are deployed at three military airfields, one in each state.
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Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko summed up the results of the talks between Russia and NATO on security guarantees. Among the main requirements of Moscow is the non-entry of the former republics of the USSR into the alliance
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Deputy Defense Minister Fomin: NATO's ignorance of Russia's position is fraught with conflicts The agency reported what was discussed at the talks within the Russia-NATO Council in Brussels on January 12. The Russian delegation warned that ignoring its requirements creates preconditions for conflicts in Europe
Alexander Fomin, Alexander Grushko and Jens Stoltenberg (left to right) before the meeting of the Council Russia & mdash; NATO at the headquarters of the alliance
Ignoring the position of Russia on the part of NATO is fraught with the emergence of new conflicts and incidents, leading to the undermining of the security architecture in Europe, which has already degraded in recent years. According to the press service of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Deputy Defense Minister Colonel-General Alexander Fomin told representatives of the alliance at the talks in Brussels.
He noted that “ NATO-Russia relations are at a critically low level. '' “ This is happening against the backdrop of global instability, a terrorist threat, the deployment of another arms race, and the complete degradation of the security architecture in Europe, '' & mdash; continued the deputy minister.
“ The Russian side has repeatedly offered the alliance to take measures to de-escalate the situation. On the part of the alliance, Russian initiatives were ignored. This creates the prerequisites for incidents and conflicts, undermines the foundations of security '', & mdash; The press service of the Ministry of Defense quotes Fomin as saying at the talks.
He named three key problems on the solution of which all efforts should be concentrated:
- Non-expansion guarantees NATO to the east at the expense of Ukraine and other countries.
- Commitments not to deploy new US intermediate and shorter-range missiles in Europe.
- Limitation of military activities in Europe, exclusion of the buildup of so-called “ contingents forward-based ''.
Earlier, the alliance secretary general Jens Stoltenberg spoke about the results of the talks. According to him, there is a risk of an armed conflict in Europe, so it is important to hold talks on security issues.
On one of the key issues, the possibility of NATO expansion, the position of the alliance remained the same. “ All members agree on a key principle: that every state has the right to choose its own path … The Allies also agree that only Ukraine and 30 NATO allies can decide when Ukraine is ready to become a NATO member. '' & mdash; said Stoltenberg. He added that Russia cannot veto Ukraine's accession to NATO.
The talks with the Russian delegation, which lasted about four hours, Stoltenberg called difficult, but useful. “ We had a frank and open discussion on a wide range of issues, of course, with a focus on tensions in and around Ukraine. But the meeting was helpful & raquo;, & mdash; said the NATO Secretary General.
Prior to that, on January 10, separate talks between Russia and the United States took place in Geneva. The Russian delegation was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the American representative was US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.
After the talks, Ryabkov said that the top political leadership of Russia would decide on further actions after analyzing the results of negotiations with the United States, NATO and OSCE. The last ones are scheduled for January 13.
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Grushko said that the mission to NATO will resume work when the alliance “takes a different course.” The resumption of Russia's diplomatic presence in NATO is possible, but for this the alliance must “take a different course.” This was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko following the talks in Brussels
Russia did not close its mission to NATO, but suspended its work, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko, telling on the results of negotiations within the framework of the Council Russia & mdash; NATO in Brussels.
He said that Moscow does not rule out the resumption of the work of the Russian mission to NATO, but this requires the alliance to change its course.
“ I want to draw your attention to the fact that we did not close our mission, but we suspended its work. If and when NATO does turn around and take a different course that will integrate into collective efforts to build security, & lt; … & gt; I do not rule out that our diplomatic presence here can be restored, '', & mdash; said Grushko.
He also responded to one of the most common accusations against Russia in recent months – & mdash; in preparation for an invasion to Ukraine. Grushko replied that nothing would threaten Ukraine’s security if Kiev followed the Minsk agreements. “ Here our position is absolutely clear: de-escalation is possible, '' & mdash; he said. This will happen if the authorities in Kiev are forced to comply with the Minsk agreements, Grushko emphasized.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly rebuked Western countries and partners in the Normandy Four. in the fact that the Ukrainian authorities, with their consent, disrupt the implementation of the political part of the Minsk agreements.
Earlier, the Ministry of Defense reported that the position of the department at the negotiations was represented by Deputy Defense Minister Colonel-General Alexander Fomin. He explained to his counterparts that ignoring the position of Russia on the part of NATO is fraught with the emergence of new conflicts and incidents, leading to the undermining of the security architecture in Europe, which has already degraded in recent years.
According to Fomin, “NATO-Russia relations are at a critically low level.” “ This is happening against the backdrop of global instability, a terrorist threat, the deployment of another arms race, and the complete degradation of the security architecture in Europe, '' & mdash; said the deputy minister.
The talks with NATO were the second in a series of consultations on security in Europe. On January 10, separate talks between Russia and the United States took place in Geneva. The Russian delegation was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the American representative was US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.
After the talks, Ryabkov said that the top political leadership of Russia would make a decision on further actions after analyzing the results of the talks with the United States, NATO and the OSCE. The latter are scheduled for January 13.
On December 15, 2021, Russia handed over to Washington draft agreements on security guarantees and an agreement on security measures for Russia and the NATO countries. One of the key requirements of Moscow & mdash; provide legal guarantees of refusal to expand NATO to the east and admit new members from among the former Soviet republics, primarily Ukraine and Georgia, to the alliance.
Moscow also offered Washington not to create military bases on the territory of the former Soviet Union. The draft also refers to the mutual non-deployment of military bases in those regions where this can be perceived as a threat to national security. In addition, Moscow proposed to return to the principle of refusal to deploy intermediate and shorter-range missiles outside the national territory.
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Grushko: we will fend off threats by military means, if political means fail. Russia has legal military-technical means to respond to threats from NATO and it will use them if necessary, the Deputy Foreign Minister assured. At the same time, he added that it is better not to bring the situation to this
If all political means are powerless to counter NATO threats, Russia will have to respond to them with military means. This was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko at a press conference dedicated to the results of negotiations within the framework of the Russia & mdash; NATO, which took place in Brussels on January 12.
“ Russia has designated: we have a set of legal military-technical measures that we will apply if we feel real threats to security. And we already feel & mdash; if our territory is considered as an object for targeting strike weapons, of course, we cannot agree, '', & mdash; he said.
“ We will take all necessary measures to fend off these threats by military means, if it does not work out politically, '' & mdash; promised Grushko. He added that “ the situation cannot be brought to this point and we need to move forward in the directions that we have outlined. ''
Grushko also said that the policy of the North Atlantic Alliance is to try to contain Russia. “ At the forefront of NATO's policy is the task of containing Russia, huge resources are allocated for this. & lt; … & gt; This interferes with the negotiation process & raquo;, & mdash; he noted.
Grushko explained that “ if NATO goes over to a policy of containment, then Moscow will pursue a policy of counter-containment. '' The Deputy Minister also said that Russia and the North Atlantic Alliance today do not have a unifying agenda. “ Not at all '', & mdash; he specified.
Following the talks, the Ministry of Defense reported that NATO's ignorance of Russia's position is fraught with the emergence of new conflicts and incidents, leading to the undermining of the security architecture in Europe. As reported by the press service of the military department, Deputy Defense Minister Colonel-General Alexander Fomin told representatives of the alliance at the talks in Brussels.
“ The Russian side has repeatedly offered the alliance to take measures to de-escalate the situation. On the part of the alliance, Russian initiatives were ignored. This creates the preconditions for incidents and conflicts, undermines the foundations of security '', & mdash; The press service of the Ministry of Defense quoted Fomin as saying at the talks.
In December 2021, the head of the Russian delegation at the Vienna talks on military security and arms control, Konstantin Gavrilov, said that Russia would give a military response to NATO if the alliance was constantly step on its “ pain points. ''
“ The conversation must be serious, and everyone in NATO understands very well, despite all the strength and power, that it is necessary to take concrete political action, otherwise the alternative is & mdash; these are the military-technical and military responses of Russia, the creation of counter-threats for the alliance '', & mdash; he noted then.
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