Blinken comments on the responses to Russia’s proposals for security guarantees: the highlight of his press conference

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26 ene 2022 17:47 GMT

Regarding the Russian request not to expand NATO to the east, Blinken reiterated that the US will defend “the principle of open doors” of the Alliance.

Shortly after the American ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, come This Wednesday at the headquarters of the Russian Foreign Ministry to deliver written responses to the proposals for security guarantees, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, began offering a press conference.

“The document that we have delivered includes the concerns of the United States and our allies and partners about Russia’s actions that undermine security, an initial and pragmatic assessment of the concerns that Russia has raised, and our own proposals for areas in which we can be able to find common ground,” he said.

Blinken noted that Washington does not plan to disclose the document, while expressing the hope that Moscow will take his proposals “in a serious way”. In his words, the US response “was fully coordinated with Ukraine and our European allies and partners.”

We make it clear that there are basic principles that we are committed to upholding and upholding, including the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and the right of states to choose their own security measures and alliances.

Regarding the situation around Ukraine, the Secretary of State said that Washington is acting “in parallel to strengthen Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression” and indicated that it will send assistants and supply weapons to Kiev.

NATO expansion

Regarding the Russian request for NATO not to expand to the east, Blinken reiterated that The US will defend “the principle of open doors” of the Alliance. “We make it clear that there are basic principles that we are committed to upholding and upholding, including the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and the right of states to choose their own security measures and alliances,” Blinken reiterated.

He said the US understands that Russia “has its security concerns” as well as Washington, adding that both sides can “effectively negotiate steps to improve security.”

According to the secretary of state, the president Joe Biden participated in the preparation of the document.

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Blinken stated that “putting things in writing […] it is a good way to make sure that we are as precise as possible and that the Russians understand our positions, our ideas as clearly as possible.” “Right now the document is in your hands and the ball is in his court“, he highlighted.

He emphasized that in the document “there are very positive things” in which you can work.

In the opinion of political analyst Javier Martínez, Blinken’s statements regarding the draft bilateral treaty are full of “lots of darkness”, due to Washington’s decision not to want to make its content public. At the same time, he sees a “information warfare game” by NATO and the UK. In this context, in order to de-escalate tensions, Martínez believes that it is essential for NATO to desist from its will to expand.

What does Moscow propose?

In December, Russia He delivered the projects of two agreements that he wants to reach with the US and NATO on security guarantees.

The pact proposed from Moscow to Washington consists of eight articles. The first of these stipulates that both parties must act based on the principles of indivisible security and not cause harm to mutual security; second, that both Russia and the US ensure that any international organization, military alliance or coalition in which one of the parties participates respects the principles contained in the Charter of the United Nations.

Other points foresee excluding the NATO expansion to the east, not to admit to that military alliance States that were members of the USSR, not to use the territory of other States to attack the other party, not to deploy troops and weapons in areas where this would be perceived as a threat, not to use heavy bombers or warships outside national or international airspace and territorial waters, do not deploy short- and medium-range land-based missiles outside the national territory or in areas from where they can reach objectives of the other party and, finally, not to train military personnel or civilians from countries that do not possess nuclear weapons in the use of them.

The NATO version of the agreement consists of nine articles and is similar to the document proposed to Washington. Likewise, the Russian authorities insist that the Alliance withdraw all the troops and all the military equipment that were deployed in the territories of the countries that joined the organization after 1997.

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