Last week, Russia presented several demands it wants to put forward to NATO and the United States due to the increasing tension and Russian escalation on the border with Ukraine.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expects negotiations with the United States on Russia’s so-called security requirements to begin in January.
– It was agreed to hold the first round of bilateral contacts between our negotiators and the Americans at the beginning of next year, Lavrov told the Russian state media company RT.
Negotiations are coming It will also take place in parallel with NATO, according to the agreement. The talks are held within the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, of which Russia, the United States and Ukraine are members.
After Lavrov’s announcement, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke with EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell about the Russian proposal.
“They agree that all discussions on European security must be coordinated with and in cooperation with the European Union,” Brussels said in a statement.
Many Western powers accuse Russia is easing tensions on the Ukrainian border and vowing to maintain a united front when negotiations begin.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Barbock said she was very concerned about the situation, with Russian President Vladimir Putin saying he was ready to take military action – and she is backed by the United States.
“Russia continues to escalate and has not withdrawn its weapons at the border,” a US State Department spokesman told AFP.
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