NATO-RF meeting ended in failure of Moscow’s demands on Ukraine

The member countries of the Alliance also noted that they will not give up the deployment of troops on the eastern borders.NATO member states did not agree to the conditions of the Russian Federation on the non-accession of Ukraine / photo REUTERSNATO member states did not agree to the conditions of the Russian Federation on the non-accession of Ukraine / photo REUTERS

Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Jens Stoltenberg notes that the member countries of the Alliance at a meeting with the Russian Federation confirmed the “open door” policy regarding the admission of new members who wish to join the Alliance.

As a UNIAN correspondent reports, Stoltenberg said this at a press conference in Brussels after a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council.

Russia today raised the issue of proposals it published in December to address its security concerns. These include demands to stop accepting new NATO members and withdraw troops from eastern member countries. For their part, member countries reaffirmed NATO’s open door policy and the right of each country to choose its own security mechanisms, “Stoltenberg stressed.

“The member states have made it clear that they will not give up their ability to defend and defend each other, including with the presence of troops on the eastern border of NATO,” Stoltenberg said.

At the same time, he said that at the same time, the member states and Russia expressed the need to resume the dialogue and explore the possibility of holding upcoming meetings.

Stoltenberg emphasized that NATO fully agrees that only Ukraine and 30 member countries can decide when Ukraine is ready to become a member of the Alliance. “Nobody else can say something, and it is clear that Russia does not have the right to veto whether Ukraine can become a NATO member, ” Stoltenberg stressed.

According to him, the member states are ready to support Ukraine on the way to membership, help in the process of implementing reforms, modernizing the Armed Forces in order to meet NATO standards. “And then, ultimately, it must be NATO allies and Ukraine, who will make a decision on membership,” the Secretary General said.

In addition, the member states of the Alliance called on the Russian Federation to immediately reduce tension on the borders of Ukraine and refrain from aggressive deployment of troops.

“NATO member states are far-sighted about the prospects of these negotiations. They expressed serious concern about the Russian military build-up in and in Ukraine, and called on Russia to immediately de-escalate the situation and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighboring countries,” Stoltenberg said.

“They also called on Russia to refrain from aggressive deployment of forces and vicious activities against member countries and to abide by all of its international commitments and promises,” Stoltenberg said.

He added that the dialogue between NATO and the Russian Federation is difficult, but even more important.

“The member states have stated that they will make every effort to find a political path for further movement,” the Secretary General said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council was held in Brussels today to discuss security issues in Europe.

Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that he did not expect that all issues and problems would be settled at the meetings with representatives of the Russian Federation this week, but stressed that NATO would not compromise with the Russian Federation regarding Ukraine’s future membership in the Alliance.

The meeting of the NATO-Russia Council took place against the backdrop of a buildup of troops by Russia on the border with Ukraine , as well as in connection with the demand of the Russian Federation to the United States and NATO to undertake not to accept Ukraine into the Alliance.

On December 17, the Russian Foreign Ministry published a draft treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States on “security guarantees” and a draft agreement on measures to ensure the security of Russia and the NATO member states. In particular, Russia proposes NATO to refuse to admit Ukraine to NATO, as well as “from any military activity on the territory of Ukraine.” The Russian Federation also offers 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 January 7, Stoltenberg stressed that the Alliance would not compromise with the Russian Federation regarding the future membership of other countries.

(C)UNIAN 2022

One comment

  1. Looks like Putler’s threat fell on deaf ears. It make a change for NATO to stand up to the terrorist. Now back your words up and admit Ukraine into NATO.

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