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Jan 10, 2022
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Ryabkov criticized the approach of the US and NATO to the discussion on security

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov expressed regret that the United States insists on unilateral concessions from Russia and prefers speculation instead of constructiveness, RIA Novosti writes.

According to the diplomat, Moscow’s main task in Geneva is to discuss the non-expansion of NATO and the non-appearance of strike weapons near its borders.

“All this is in legal form. Unfortunately, we hear all sorts of speculations about the fact that Russia should do this, should do something else, take such a step, that step, ”Ryabkov noted. “We have repeatedly reacted to this formulation of the question, and at all levels, and there can be no basis for any agreement, or even a productive discussion.”

“But we, of course, under suppression and in the regime of threats that are constantly formulated against us by Western participants in upcoming contacts, will not make any concessions,” the Deputy Minister also said, stressing that “this is completely out of the question”.

On January 9-10, the Russian Federation and the United States will hold consultations in Geneva on Moscow’s proposals on security guarantees, after which a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council will take place in Brussels, and consultations at the OSCE platform in Vienna.

Earlier it was reported that the United States is ready to discuss with the Russian Federation the non-deployment of its missiles in Ukraine. This was stated at a briefing by a high-ranking representative of the American administration.

CNN also reported that the United States fears the consequences of anti-Russian sanctions for the West. The administration of the American president has not yet decided on the set of restrictions that Washington will be ready to impose against Moscow when the situation around Ukraine escalates.

In addition, the Secretary General of the alliance Jens Stoltenberg commented on the resumption of the work of the Russia-NATO Council. He considers the readiness of the Russian Federation for negotiations to be a positive step.

In turn, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov called NATO a vestige of the Cold War and stressed that the expansion of the alliance to the east is contrary to the principle of security in Europe.

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