July 2, 2022

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Russia demands that NATO not accept Ukraine’s membership

MOSCOW (AP) – Russia on Friday issued a series of draft defense agreements to Western countries urging Ukraine and other former Soviet bloc countries to deny NATO membership and withdraw its troops from Central and Eastern Europe, the United States and its affidavit say. The allies have already rejected it.

Documents submitted to the United States and its allies a few days ago state that it bans the sending of US and Russian warships and warplanes to areas where they can attack their respective territories, as well as the removal of training operations. Alliance near Russia.

The United States and its allies seem inevitably rejecting these claims because they have insisted that Russia has no say in NATO’s expansion. The Secretary-General warned that security talks with Moscow should include NATO concerns, including Ukraine and other partners.

The deployment of Russian troops near Ukraine has heightened tensions and coincided with the release of drafts raising fears of an invasion. Moscow denies any plans to attack its neighbors, but has demanded that the West guarantee that it will block the annexation of Ukraine and other Russian neighbors to NATO, as well as prevent the installation of coalition weapons on them. NATO has rejected those demands.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryapkov has said that Russia’s relations with the United States and its NATO allies have reached a “dangerous level” and stressed that coalition forces and operations close to Russia pose “unacceptable” threats to its security.

In addition to withdrawing troops from the Central and Eastern European Alliance, the parties agreed not to send troops to their non-existent locations in 1997, before NATO’s expansion began in 1997, with a draft agreement issued by Moscow. In situations of mutual consensus.

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Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999, and in 2004 Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the former Soviet republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined. In the following years, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro and northern Macedonia increased NATO’s total to 30 countries.

Just hours before Friday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg set the conditions for working with Russia on its new defense plan, and offered to work with Moscow to build new hope if the country could help ease tensions with Ukraine.

Stoltenberg said he had received Russian documents and that “any dialogue with Russia should address NATO concerns about Russia’s actions, be based on fundamental principles and documents of European security, and consult with European allies, such as NATO and Ukraine.”

The 30 NATO member states have made it clear that “we are ready to strengthen our confidence if Russia takes concrete steps to reduce tensions,” he added without elaborating.

Tensions can not be high. U.S. intelligence says Russia has brought 70,000 troops to its border with Ukraine and is preparing for a possible invasion early next year. Moscow denies any invasion plan and wants to guarantee that Ukraine will never join NATO.

Fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country began in 2014 after Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula. More than 14,000 people have been killed in the conflict and the country’s industrial hub is called Donbass.

In a statement on Thursday night, NATO ambassadors warned that they were “seriously assessing the impact of the current situation on the security alliance.” They added that the world’s largest security organization was ready to strengthen its presence in Eastern Europe, near Russia, if necessary.

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