MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has drawn the attention of his British counterpart, Ben Wallace, to the lack of response by the United States and NATO to Russia’s main security demands, said on Friday. the Russian Ministry of Defense following their talks.
“The Russian Ministry of Defense briefly commented on the US and NATO responses to Russian draft agreements on this issue. It drew attention to the lack of responses to Russia’s main demands: the non-expansion and non-deployment of NATO offensive weapons near Russian borders and the return of the bloc’s military potential and infrastructure to the positions of 1997 when the Russia-NATO Final Act was signed. He stressed that it is impossible to ease military-political tensions and build a reliable architecture of European security without addressing these issues,” he said. .
On December 17, 2021, the Russian Foreign Ministry published a draft agreement on security guarantees between Russia and the United States, and a draft agreement on guaranteeing the security of Russia and the States NATO members. Proposed measures include guarantees that NATO will not advance eastward, including the membership of Ukraine and other countries in the alliance, as well as the non-deployment of serious offensive weapons, including nuclear. The parties have held several rounds of consultations in various formats, but no agreement has yet been announced.
On January 26, the United States and NATO handed Russia written responses on the security guarantees that Moscow demanded from Washington and Brussels. The US side requested that the documents not be made public, although US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg listed their basic provisions. According to these statements, the West did not make concessions deemed critical to Russia, but indicated directions for further negotiations.