Lavrov said Russia was waiting for a written response from NATO

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During a press conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke about the results of consultations between Russia and the United States on security guarantees in Geneva and talks with the participation of NATO countries in Brussels. According to him, Moscow very clearly outlined and argued in detail to its Western colleagues the need to concentrate on stopping the expansion of one bloc to the detriment of the interests of other states on the European continent.

“I would like to emphasize that it is precisely legally binding guarantees that are needed, because the political obligations that were fixed in the 90s, not to mention verbal promises, have never been fulfilled by our Western partners,” the minister stressed. – And apparently, they are not going to do this even now… We explained in detail the flaws of such an approach and the unacceptability of the one-sided interpretation of those very political obligations on non-expansion of NATO and ensuring the indivisibility of security.

According to Lavrov, written answers are expected from Western colleagues. In the meantime, Russia will continue to work to be ready in case of any development of events.

“In general, we are convinced that if there is good will and a willingness to compromise, then a mutually acceptable solution can always be found,” he added. head of department. – Let me remind you how at the beginning of last year it was possible to extend the treaty on the limitation of strategic offensive arms for 5 years without any conditions, as proposed by the Russian Federation. We appreciated this move by the Biden administration. 

The need for dialogue on all issues of strategic stability, on all weapons that affect strategic stability, was agreed by Presidents Putin and Biden during a meeting in Geneva on June 16 last year. A very important statement was also adopted, which confirms the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won, therefore it must never be started.


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