US sends response to Russia's security demands
Russia in mid-December demanded to provide "guarantees to ensure its security." We are talking about two documents - the Treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States on security guarantees and the Agreement on measures to ensure the security of the Russian Federation and the member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Among other things, Russia insists on legally binding guarantees that Ukraine will not be admitted to NATO. The North Atlantic Alliance rejects these demands, emphasizing that NATO's doors will remain open.
US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan handed over a written response to Russian demands for "security guarantees." The transfer of the document took place during a meeting between Sullivan and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko on Wednesday, January 26, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on its website.
"On January 26, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Alexander Grushko received US Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan at his request. During the meeting, the head of the American diplomatic mission handed over a written response from the US administration to the draft bilateral treaty on security guarantees previously submitted by the Russian side," the report says. The Russian Foreign Ministry did not provide any details about the content of the document handed over by the ambassador.
At the same time, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said at a press conference in Washington that the US response contains proposals for mutual measures to ensure transparency regarding the deployment of forces on the territory of Ukraine. He stressed that both Russia and Ukraine have the right to choose which alliances they wish to be members of.
According to the US Secretary of State, the US will ensure that global energy supplies are not disrupted in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. He also said that the US Embassy in Ukraine will remain open.
The day before, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the United States usually does not make publicly available documents that are sent out during the negotiation process.
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