Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that NATO is trying to artificially lure countries into an alliance The Foreign Minister cited the Scandinavian countries that are not members of NATO as an example. He recalled that the organization is already making statements that these countries will be welcome there
The North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) continues its attempts to artificially lure new members. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, broadcast by RBC.
“Attempts to artificially expand the composition of the North Atlantic Alliance do not stop. In particular, quite interesting statements have recently been made that the Scandinavian countries <…> would be welcome»,— he said.
Lavrov added that Russia is preparing for any developments while waiting for a response from the US and NATO on the proposed security guarantees. “Our patience has run out. <…> We harnessed for a very long time, and now it's time for us to go. We are waiting for the driver on that wagon to answer us specifically on our proposals, — concluded the minister.
NATO includes 30 states. The Scandinavian countries in the alliance include Norway and Denmark. Sweden and Finland have the status of states — partners of the military bloc.
In early January, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that the country retains the possibility of applying for membership in NATO. “We retain the ability to apply to join NATO. We must cherish and preserve this freedom of choice, because it concerns the right of each country to make its own decisions in the field of security, — she pointed out.
Later, US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said that the US was ready to discuss with Finland and Sweden their accession to NATO if they wanted to. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in turn, noted that the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO “can go very quickly.”
The discussion on the inclusion of new states in the North Atlantic Alliance is taking place at against the backdrop of negotiations with Russia on security guarantees offered by the Foreign Ministry in mid-December. In particular, they provide for non-expansion of the alliance to the east and non-deployment of weapons near Russian borders.
Security talks between Russia and the United States were held in Geneva on January 9 & ndash; 10, meetings with NATO and OSCE representatives were held on January 12 and 13, respectively . As a result, Lavrov declared that NATO was completely incapable of negotiating. Stoltenberg, in turn, once again noted that Russia cannot veto Ukraine's entry into the bloc. He stressed that all members of the alliance are unanimous in this opinion.
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