Russia Says “Moment of Truth” Comes in Relations with NATO

Flags of Russia and the USA before the beginning of the meeting held on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland, between representatives of both countries. EFE / EPA / DENIS BALIBOUSE / POOL

Moscow, Jan 11 (EFE) .- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexandr Grushkó affirmed today that the “moment of truth” has arrived in relations with NATO, before traveling to Brussels, where a meeting of the NATO Council will be held tomorrow- Russia, the first of this bilateral consultation forum since 2019.
“Without exaggeration, it can be said that in our relations with the Alliance comes the moment of truth,” said the Russian diplomat, quoted by the Interfax agency.
Precisely for this reason, he added, “we took an unusual step from the point of view of classical diplomacy, such as presenting detailed ideas in the form of legally binding draft agreements (…) on how they should be taken into account Russia’s legitimate interests in military security. “
According to the draft agreement that Moscow proposes to close with the Atlantic Alliance, Russia requires the bloc to desist from any military activity on the territory of Ukraine and several countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
In addition, it must exclude a future expansion of the bloc, including Ukraine, one of the red lines drawn by the head of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin, who exposed the Russian need for security guarantees to the president of the United States, Joe Biden, at his virtual summit. last December 7th.
According to the Russian document, both parties would undertake not to deploy troops or weapons in countries on the European continent, and not to deploy short and medium-range missiles in areas from which they can hit targets in the territories of the countries that signed the agreement.
Grushkó indicated that in tomorrow’s consultations Moscow will try to obtain a concrete response to the draft agreement on security guarantees for Russia.
“We travel (to Brussels) with realistic expectations and hope that we will have a serious and in-depth conversation about the real problems of European security,” he said.
The meeting of the NATO-Russia Council will take place after the Russian-American consultations held this Monday in Geneva, in which Russian Deputy Minister Sergey Riabkov assured that Russia has no intention of attacking Ukraine.
At the same time, Riabkov considered that it would be a “great mistake” if NATO refuses to grant security guarantees to Moscow.

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