NATO has said that it is ready to work on enhancing confidence-building measures with Russia on the condition that the Kremlin works to reduce tensions on the border with Ukraine and retreat their defenses.
In a statement, the US-led bloc insisted that any dialogue would have to proceed on the basis of reciprocity, address [its] concerns about Russia’s defensive actions.
These are based on the core principles and foundational documents of European security, and must take place in consultation with the NATO’s European partners. The notice comes amid worsening tensions between Moscow and the 30-member military organization.
President Vladimir Putin told his US counterpart Joe Biden that his country is “seriously interested in getting reliable and firm legal guarantees that would rule out NATO’s expansion further into Eastern Europe, as well as the deployment of offensive strike weapons systems nearby.
Putin’s proposal came in response to Biden’s concerns” about Russian troops allegedly threatening Ukraine, which has long held aspirations to become a member of the bloc.
The Russian leader, however, insisted that it was NATO making dangerous attempts to conquer the state’s territory and building up its military potential at our borders.
Ukraine’s intelligence service and a number of Western leaders have issued warnings in recent weeks that Moscow could be preparing an all-out invasion of its neighbor.
The Kremlin has consistently rejected the allegations, instead voicing concerns about the prospect of the former Soviet republic potentially joining NATO.
The USA is dragging Kiev into the orbit of the military organization and turning it into a bridgehead of confrontation with Russia – a move which could destabilize Europe.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that past dialogue between the two proved futile, and that NATO was more interested in whipping up propaganda and putting pressure on Russia about Ukraine.
Moscow announced that it would suspend all direct bilateral ties with NATO and shutter its offices in the Russian capital, as a response to the NATO’s expulsion of 8 Russian diplomats from its Brussels headquarters, over claims of involvement in undisclosed espionage?
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2021.