This Thursday concluded in Vienna, Austria, the third phase of negotiations between Russia and the West over security guarantees in Europe. From Moscow, the sources stressed that “the talks represent a serious conflict on the world stage.”
The meeting comes within the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), following consultations between Russia and the United States in Geneva earlier this week and the Russia-NATO Council meeting this Wednesday. In Brussels.
As with the first two phases of negotiations, the parties confirmed the differences in their positions.
How do the parties evaluate these negotiations?
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Thursday that the talks “reflect a serious conflict on the world stage: an effort to secure the hegemony of the West and to achieve without hesitation all that is needed to advance its interests.”
In light of the tone of the debate, the Chancellor confirmed that the West’s “very firm, in some places arrogant and stubborn” position was presented “generally quietly.” Moscow also took a firm stand and put forward arguments regarding the inseparable policy of security, the minister said.
In that context, Lavrov noted that the consultations took place as Russia had hoped.
For his part, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Khrushchev led the Russian delegation with Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin. Indian Moscow and the Federation do not have a “coordinating and positive agenda”.
Alexander Lukashevich, Moscow’s Permanent Representative to the OSCE, made the announcement after the OSCE meeting on Thursday. The reaction of the West to the guarantee schemes has disappointed Russia. In his words, the Russian delegation expected “substantial and comprehensive discussions”, but Moscow was accused of “aggressive behavior, especially in the context of events in Ukraine.”
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg Confident There are “significant differences” between the parties and the debate is “not easy.”
U.S. National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan called the talks “open and direct.” ⁇We were firm in our policies And know clearly in which areas we can progress and in which areas we can advance [el éxito es] Impossible, “he stressed.
NATO expansion to the east: One of the points of contradiction
Lukashevich stressed that “the instability of the military-political situation has reached its limits, after which a crisis could arise on the continent with unintended consequences for European security,” which raises “risks to Russia’s security.”
⁇We have to react. That is why we demand the immediate delivery of guarantees that the United States and NATO are legally bound. Avoid the expansion of the federation and the use of strike armed organizations near the Russian borders“, He highlighted.
Lavrov, for his part, said the United States and NATO were “outright denying our right to demand non-expansion” of the East.
The Minister recalled Russia’s legal guarantees that NATO would not expand in this direction, and guarantees that it would not deploy offensive forces near the Russian border, which would pose a threat to its security. At the same time, Moscow is proposing a “return from the confines of the European defense structure.” [su estado de] 1997, Russia-NATO founding law signed.
“For rational interests in strengthening European security, it must be clearly understood that further expansion of the alliance poses greater risks than any decision to continue to expand,” Khrushchev said, adding that the solution to the crisis was an example of Cuban missiles. 1962, he considers, “not based on the following principles, but rather on the most rational balance of military interests.”
In this regard, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybkov stressed on Monday that “it is absolutely necessary to ensure that Ukraine never becomes a member of NATO”, which also applies to Georgia.
It should be noted that they have from Moscow Warned The leaders of the camp formed during the Cold War verbally promised not to expand the Soviet Union at the end of the rivalry between the two organizations of the 20th century. Although Western countries reject these claims, classified documents They confirm them.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has ruled out the possibility of guaranteeing NATO’s expansion. There are “fundamental principles” related to international peace and security, in which “a country cannot dictate elections to its neighbors” and “simply cannot say that a country is going to use its sphere of influence”. he said I blinked during an interview with MSNBC this Thursday.
Are there any results in the negotiations?
The Russian Foreign Minister said the United States and NATO had promised to submit their written response to Russia’s proposals. He pointed out that Moscow wants to take a firm stand on every point.
Stoltenberg He said The Coalition is interested in reviving the missions of the respective diplomatic missions in Moscow and Brussels, and strengthening relations at the military and civilian levels.
Ryapkov once pointed out the main topics of the meetings Interview With RTVI, it aired this Thursday The United States and its allies “really say ‘no’ to us” Co-documents. “When they say to us, ‘Yes, we’ll continue to discuss,’ we reiterate that, for our part, despite the importance and seriousness of these stories, they are secondary to NATO’s expansion,” he reiterated. (RT News)