Also, on January 12 and 13, negotiations between Western countries and Russia are planned, they will be held in Brussels and Vienna.Illustration REUTERS
The talks in Geneva on January 10 are planned in the format of an interdepartmental delegation of Russia and the United States.
This was stated on Thursday at a briefing by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, TASS reports .
“On January 10, negotiations are planned in Geneva in the format of an interdepartmental delegation of Russia and the United States. The Russian delegation will be headed by Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, and the American side – by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman. This date has been designated. It has no alternative options at the moment,” she said. she.
The agenda, Zakharova noted, includes a discussion of two Russian draft documents transferred by the United States from Russia on December 15 – an agreement between the Russian Federation and the United States on security guarantees and an agreement on security measures for the Russian Federation and the member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
“In the course of the talks, we will seek from the American side to provide firm legal guarantees for the security of the Russian Federation, namely, the non-advancement of NATO to the east and the non-deployment of weapons systems that threaten Russia at the borders of our country,” the diplomat emphasized.
Also, according to her information, on January 12 and 13, negotiations are planned between Western countries and Russia, they will be held in Brussels and Vienna.
As a reminder, on December 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he wanted to receive guarantees from the West that Ukraine would not join NATO.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that Joe Biden, during talks with Putin on December 7, refused to make concessions on the issue of Ukraine’s NATO membership prospects.
On December 16, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the Alliance would not make concessions to Russia on the issue of Ukraine’s approach to membership in the Alliance. According to him, Ukraine has the right to protection and, together with NATO, will determine the issue of membership in the Alliance.
On December 17, the Russian Federation proposed NATO to refuse to accept Ukraine and “from conducting any military activity” on its territory. Russia also offered the United States not to create military bases on the territory of the countries of the former USSR and not to accept these countries into NATO.
On December 23, Stoltenberg said the Alliance had never promised not to admit new members from Eastern Europe.