NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance, in parallel with the United States, handed over to Russia its written response to Moscow’s proposals on security in Europe, TASS reports.
The document made it possible to present more detailed proposals for reducing risks and strengthening security for the Russian Federation and the alliance. It is noted that the positions of the parties differ greatly, but they must be able to prevent a new conflict.
NATO hopes for a de-escalation in Ukraine and offers Russia a dialogue, while increasing the readiness of its forces and presence in the region, and calls for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. It is emphasized that the North Atlantic Alliance will not compromise with Russia on the right of any countries to join it.
In addition, it is proposed to restore the missions in Moscow and Brussels and make maximum use of military contacts in order to avoid incidents, resume dialogue on arms control, missiles and nuclear weapons, and finalize the mechanisms for monitoring the conduct of exercises, including within the framework of the OSCE.
Also among the initiatives is a proposal to hold a series of security consultations in the Russia-NATO Council in the near future.
Earlier on Wednesday, January 26, it became known that the United States handed over to the Russian Federation its written response on security guarantees. The document will not be made public by Washington. The American side hopes that Moscow will also not publish it.