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Russian representative takes stock of negotiations with NATO – RT in French

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko holds a press conference after a meeting with representatives of NATO countries on the proposals for mutual security guarantees made by Moscow.

On January 12, representatives of Russia and NATO member countries met at the headquarters of the Atlantic Alliance in Brussels for a meeting following talks between Russian and US diplomacy in Geneva two more days early. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko provides an update at a press conference.

Moscow advocates stopping NATO expansion

Among the main points discussed are the Ukrainian dossier – Washington and its allies accuse Moscow of wanting to invade Ukraine despite multiple denials – but also Russia’s proposals for mutual security.

In mid-December, Moscow had thus submitted draft treaties to Washington aimed at rethinking the security architecture of European countries, which is largely based on NATO, a military alliance inherited from the Cold War. Among Russia’s main proposals are to stop the expansion of the Alliance, as well as to limit military deployments at its borders.

These points were discussed earlier this week in Geneva, where the Russian-American negotiations lasted more than seven hours. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov, who was participating in discussions with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, stressed that the United States had taken Russian demands « very seriously ». The negotiator added that the situation was « not hopeless ».

However, Wendy Sherman recalled Washington’s position. « We are firm […] in our opposition to security proposals which are quite simply inadmissible in the United States ”, she insisted, nevertheless arguing for a policy of“ open doors ”on the part of NATO.

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