The Russian Foreign Ministry received a response from the United States and NATO on security guarantees

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U.S. Ambassador Sullivan brought Washington’s response to Russia’s security proposals to the Foreign Ministry

МИД России получил ответ США и НАТО по гарантиям безопасности

Photo: Maria Devakhina/ RIA Novosti

Washington has given Russia a written response to the proposals on security guarantees. The message was brought to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs by US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan on Wednesday, January 26 and handed over to Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a statement in connection with the receipt of the document, the message is posted on the department’s website. In addition, a written response from NATO was transmitted to the Russian ambassador in Brussels, RIA Novosti reports.

Earlier, sources in the White House reported that the US response to the Russian proposals will outline areas in which Washington agrees to cooperate with Moscow. In particular, we are talking about the control of strategic offensive weapons, transparency in the relations of armed forces between States, reducing the risks of escalation through the creation of communication channels between military departments and the deployment of long-range missile systems.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that after receiving a written response from the United States, the Russian Foreign Ministry and other agencies will prepare proposals for further steps for President Vladimir Putin. Depending on the content of the response, decisions will be made on further actions and appropriate recommendations will be developed.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken confirmed the transmission of the response

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke to reporters at the State Department with a delay of 45 minutes. He confirmed the transfer of Washington’s written response to Moscow, RIA Novosti reports.

In this document, in addition to setting out our key principles, in addition to setting out our concerns, the concerns of our allies and partners about the things that Russia has done and which we believe undermine security and stability, we also describe areas where we believe we can develop security for everyone together, including Russia

МИД России получил ответ США и НАТО по гарантиям безопасности

Anthony Blinkengos Secretary of the United States

The diplomat stressed that the document contains the positions and proposals on cooperation previously voiced by the United States, including “very positive moments” that will allow finding common ground with Moscow in those areas where it is possible. He indicated that the United States is ready for diplomatic cooperation.

At the same time, Blinken pointed out that Washington will not publish a response on security guarantees, since diplomacy has greater success with the confidentiality of negotiations. The Secretary of State plans to hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov next week.

We will not publish the document because we believe that diplomacy has a great chance of success if we leave room for confidential negotiations. We hope and expect that Russia shares our views and will take our proposals seriously

МИД России получил ответ США и НАТО по гарантиям безопасности

Anthony Blinkengos Secretary of the United States

The diplomat also said that US President Joe Biden was actively involved in the development of the document. He added that the American leader “blessed the final version of the document, which was handed over to the Russian side.”

Earlier, on January 21, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that it would be right to publish written responses from the United States on security guarantees, but this cannot be done without their consent.

In December, the Russian Foreign Ministry, in turn, published draft agreements of the Russian Federation with NATO and the United States on security guarantees. The document says that the United States should not create military bases on the territories of former Soviet countries that are not part of NATO. The United States also did not recommend using their infrastructure for conducting any military activity and developing bilateral military cooperation with them.

The situation around Ukraine

Blinken said that the US response was coordinated with Ukraine and European allies, their position was announced in a document transmitted to Russia. The diplomat stressed that Washington is considering all options to support Kiev against the background of the crisis.

The Secretary of State noted that the United States will deliver a new batch of military aid to Ukraine in the coming days. He noted that the support is being significantly strengthened, and its volume has exceeded the size in previous years. European allies are doing the same.

We know that the Ukrainian economy and financial positions are under the influence of this crisis. And also, as we strengthen the security of Ukraine, we are studying how we can still support the economy in addition to the assistance that we have already provided

МИД России получил ответ США и НАТО по гарантиям безопасности

Anthony Blinkengos Secretary of the United States

Blinken also said that a copy of the US response to Russia’s proposals on security guarantees was sent to Kiev.

Sanctions against Russia

The head of the State Department noted that sanctions against Russia in the case of an allegedly planned invasion of Ukraine are not excluded. He added that the US administration is absolutely confident in the solidarity of all partners, including Germany, on possible measures against Moscow in the event of a “resumption of Russian aggression.”

As for sanctions, as the President [Joe Biden] has already said, no options are excluded. We continue to coordinate with our European allies on harsh economic measures against Moscow for its actions

МИД России получил ответ США и НАТО по гарантиям безопасности

Anthony Blinkengos Secretary of the United States

Earlier it became known that the European Central Bank (ECB) requested reports from European banks on their readiness to impose sanctions against Russia. ECB representatives are finding out how financial institutions will act under various scenarios, for example, when trying to block Russian banks’ access to the SWIFT international payment system.

The head of the European Council, Charles Michel, said that the European Union may impose sanctions against Russia in the event of an escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, but does not want to do so. According to him, Brussels prefers to solve the current situation by diplomatic means.

NATO and security guarantees

Blinken said that the United States would not compromise the principle of NATO’s “open doors”, which was confirmed in Russia’s written response on security guarantees.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the North Atlantic Alliance also transmitted its response on the Russian proposals to the Russian Ambassador in Brussels. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the document was supported by all 30 allies, RIA Novosti reports.

The Secretary General confirmed that the Alliance is not going to abandon the policy of “open doors” and respects the right of each state to make a sovereign choice.

Stoltenberg acknowledged the existence of serious disagreements with Russia, but this is what makes the dialogue on the settlement of contradictions important.

Russia has severed diplomatic relations with NATO, which makes our dialogue more difficult. We need to restore the work of representative offices in Moscow and Brussels. We should also make full use of the existing channels of communication between the military to promote transparency and reduce risks.

МИД России получил ответ США и НАТО по гарантиям безопасности

Jens Stoltenbreggensek NATO

The NATO Secretary General pointed out that tensions on the border between Ukraine and Russia continue to increase. He called on Moscow to immediately de-escalate. He also said that the North Atlantic Alliance is pulling together its forces on the eastern flank in order to provide its allies with the necessary security guarantees, as well as to “monitor the situation.” He called it “work on de-escalation” of the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

Reaction in Russia

The first deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, Vladimir Jabarov, in an interview with RIA Novosti, said that the US response to Russia’s proposals on security guarantees suggests that Washington is going to a direct confrontation. He stressed that Moscow would not accept the statement of the United States.

Frankly speaking, they are going to a direct confrontation. Their answer cannot satisfy us, they have gathered everything in a heap – their fantasies, claims. We will not accept such an answer

МИД России получил ответ США и НАТО по гарантиям безопасности

Vladimir Jabarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs

The senator also noted that one should not attach importance to the statements of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev wrote on Facebook that after the US response, topics for negotiations with Washington, as well as with NATO, appeared. He added that the rest is for experts to evaluate and “for managers to decide.”

There are topics for conversations with the USA. NATO, with their response copying the US response, is not relevant. Ukraine, repeatedly mentioned, nevertheless smokes on the sidelines: not relevant.

МИД России получил ответ США и НАТО по гарантиям безопасности

Konstantin Kosachevvice-Speaker of the Federation Council

Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs Kazbek Taisayev said that he does not expect a breakthrough after the US response to the proposals on security guarantees, Washington continues to behave the same as in previous years.

Everything that was asked for in the proposals on security guarantees, at one time the West gave guarantees and promises for this. And he didn’t do anything. Therefore, I think we will not see or hear anything new in this

МИД России получил ответ США и НАТО по гарантиям безопасности

Kazbek Taisaev Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs

Earlier, the first deputy head of the international committee of the State Duma and a member of the Russian delegation to PACE, Alexey Chepa, reacted to the transfer of a written response from the United States to proposals on security guarantees to Russia. He pointed out that Washington may not agree to them due to the policy of recent years. “We understood that there would be an attempt to conceal the answer. It can be assumed that those who want peace and stability in Europe, at least, will not see it,” the deputy stressed.

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