Europe named realistic topics of negotiations with Russia

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Political scientist Sauer: Russia and the West can discuss Ukraine and nuclear weapons in Europe

Europe named realistic topics of negotiations with Russia

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The launch of lengthy and serious negotiations on security issues meets the interests of all parties – Russia, the West, and Ukraine. Tom Sauer, professor of international politics at the Belgian University of Antwerp, said this in a commentary to

The political scientist also named realistic topics of negotiations between the West and Russia. One of them is the situation in eastern Ukraine: it is necessary either to achieve full implementation of the Minsk agreements, or to renegotiate and conclude a new, updated version of the agreements. In addition, the parties could agree on the termination of arms supplies to Ukraine from both the West and Russia, as well as the status of Ukraine within the framework of European security.

Another important area for in-depth negotiations is related to general security issues in Europe. Thus, the parties could discuss the signing of a new version of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. Russia and the United States, in turn, can continue consultations on issues related to the deployment of nuclear weapons in Europe and work out a new agreement to replace the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, which ended in 2019. Finally, the parties could discuss the use of anti-satellite weapons and missile defense systems, as well as confidence-building measures in the short term, Sauer said.

Earlier, negotiations between Russia and the United States on security guarantees began in Geneva. The meeting is held in a closed format. The main topics of the Russian-American consultations are the issue of non-deployment of medium and short-range missiles near Russian borders, the refusal to further expand NATO at the expense of the former Soviet republics and the reduction in the number of military exercises. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin have been appointed heads of the Russian delegation.

The Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe was concluded in 1990 between NATO members and the Warsaw Pact countries. In 1999, at the summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, an updated version of the treaty was developed, but the agreement on its adaptation was not ratified by any country of the North Atlantic Alliance, and in 2007 Russia suspended its participation in the agreement.

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