Borrell spoke about the reasons for NATO's rejection of Russia's main proposals

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EU representative Borrell: NATO rejected Russia's proposals for non-expansion of the alliance

Borrell spoke about the reasons for NATO's rejection of Russia's main proposals

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The reason for NATO's rejection of Russia's main proposals for security guarantees was that they were unacceptable. In particular, the issue of non-expansion of the alliance violates the principle of sovereignty of independent countries. This was stated by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, RIA Novosti reports.

“The point is not whether we want or not for Ukraine to become a NATO member, the point is that we do not want sovereign states to be told that they cannot make certain decisions,” the head of European diplomacy said, following an informal meeting of heads the EU Ministry of Defense in France.

He also noted that all of Russia's proposals for the membership of various countries, including Ukraine, in NATO were decisively rejected at the talks on January 10 in Geneva with the United States and on January 12 in Brussels, as part of a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council. According to him, all EU member states agree with this.

Borrell has previously dismissed claims that the EU has been barred from negotiating security guarantees with Russia. According to him, the leadership of the union is in close coordination with NATO and the United States. He also recalled his consultations with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and NATO leadership.

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