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Jan 14, 2022
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Lukashevich: Russia did not receive an adequate response from the OSCE on guarantees

The Russian side is disappointed with the reaction of Western countries to their security proposals. This is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich.

He noted that during the consultations between Russia and the OSCE, everything revolved around the topic of “Russia’s allegedly aggressive behavior, especially in the context of the Ukrainian events.” According to Lukashevich, the countries of the organization “interpreted in their own way” the principle of the indivisibility of security enshrined in the documents. Thus, the OSCE believes that no one can influence the choice of the security system of a particular country, the diplomat said.

“They put an end to this, although the documents contain a formula that continues the formula that when choosing ways to ensure security, the concerns of other states should be taken into account,” he said.

However, the Russian Federation managed to convey its position on these issues, Lukashevich assured. He explained that special emphasis was placed on the behavior of Washington and NATO, which continue to deploy strike weapons on the territory of states that have joined the alliance. This, according to the diplomat, is a direct threat to Russia’s national interests.

He noted that the Russian side offers to sort out the problems that have arisen and is trying to find compromises.

Earlier, negotiations at the OSCE site ended in Vienna. The Russian delegation took part in them. The day before, a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council was also held, and on Monday bilateral negotiations were held between the Russian Federation and the United States.

Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov said earlier that Moscow is resolutely against a military solution to the Donbass problem if Kiev and Western countries have corresponding plans.

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