Strategic talks between the United States and Russia, with the Ukrainian crisis in the background, ended in opposing positions, as Moscow called on Washington and NATO to withdraw into Eastern Europe, while American diplomacy defends that any other. Cannot demand from countries with whom ally .
The delegation, along with senior representatives from the AAEE, Defense and Arms Control among other departments, held a nearly nine-hour-long meeting at the United States Embassy in Geneva, described by the Russian side as a meeting “without euphemisms”. it was done. Trying to avoid sensitive topics.”
The Russian delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, reiterated the request in talks that NATO commits itself not to expand into areas of former Soviet orbit, nor to deploy weapons capable of reaching Russian soil in the future. .
“The situation cannot continue as it has in previous decades,” assured “number two” of Russian diplomacy, who assured that it is NATO that needs a “return” after it advanced into Eastern Europe with the expansion of its members in 1999. The first step should be taken. and 2004 (which included the three Baltic republics).
The US delegation, led by Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, did not openly oppose the Russian proposals, but warned that Moscow may not need to turn its back on current US aid to NATO or security matters to countries such as Ukraine.
“One country cannot change the border of another by force, stipulate the terms of third countries, or prevent them from forming an alliance,” Sherman warned.
Faced with long-standing requests from Russia, Sherman assured that Moscow should “take concrete steps to de-escalate tensions”, after increasing them in recent months with the deployment of thousands of troops along the border with Ukraine.
USA Blame Russia
“Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, fueling a civil war in the eastern part of that country, and its current actions have created a new crisis for the whole of Europe,” warned the Under Secretary of State.
Sherman indicated that the Russian requests that could achieve the most progress were related to a reduction in maneuvers in the “border” areas between the countries of the Atlantic Alliance and the countries of the former Soviet class, although he insisted that as such. A withdrawal of K must be reciprocal.
Regarding Russian proposals for the reduction of nuclear and non-nuclear weapons on European soil, Sherman stated that “the issue requires more in-depth discussion” and stressed that decisions in this regard “cannot be concluded in a few days”. are, or even weeks.
Ryabkov, for his part, denies that Russia is using pressure on Ukraine by NATO and the US as a letter to listen more to its requests, assuring that there are no plans to attack Ukraine. : “The troops are in our territory and there is no reason to fear an escalation,” he said.
Russia warns NATO
In any case, the Russian deputy minister used defiant phrases, saying that “NATO and the US may make mistakes that harm the security of them and the rest of Europe.”
“We need to radically change the structure of our relations,” said Ryabkov, who expressed the hope that the Russian proposals will be analyzed this week at the meetings that will take place in the relevant areas of Russian diplomacy in Brussels and Vienna. NATO framework and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
The stand of the two countries prevented a consensus from being reached on security matters:
* Moscow calls on Washington and NATO to withdraw in Eastern Europe, while US diplomacy defends what one cannot demand from other countries with which to cooperate.
* The US delegation, led by Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, did not openly oppose the Russian proposals.
* Russia warns of US and NATO mistakes that could affect ties.