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The United States receives Russia's response to security proposals

The United States receives Russia’s response to security proposals

US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen – POOL / AFP

The United States announced on Thursday that it had received a written response from Russia to its proposals for security talks in Europe to defuse the crisis in Ukraine.

A senior US government official said the answer had been handed over to US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken reaffirmed his readiness to meet with Russian Rep. Sergei Lavrov after receiving the letter.

Today, the Russian Foreign Minister promised to replace the missing contents of Moscow “in general”.

On January 26, Washington presented its written proposals, rejecting key Russian demands made in draft agreements issued last December. These include a formal guarantee that Ukraine will never join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as well as the withdrawal of some Atlantic Allied forces stationed at Russia’s gates.

The United States, in turn, proposes discussions on the deployment of missiles in Europe and the mutual limits of military maneuvers.

The U.S. press release from January echoes the US and Russia’s mutual commitment to maintaining offensive ground-based missile systems and permanent combat forces in Ukrainian territory.

Washington proposes that Moscow examines some military infrastructure in Europe and guarantees that it is ready to discuss “security secession.”

Relying on this view, the Kremlin seeks to withdraw NATO from its neighbors, arguing that the security of some cannot be achieved at the expense of others, recognizing the right of each state, and therefore of Ukraine, to choose their own allies. .

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After sending the letter, Russia threatened to retaliate if the United States rejected its key security demands, including the military option at the table. In this sense, he called for the withdrawal of US troops stationed in Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic states.

“If the United States does not want to come to an understanding on the legal guarantees (…) for our security, Russia will, above all, be compelled to use military and technological measures,” the ministry said in a statement.

Also on Thursday, the State Department said Russia had “kicked” number two from its embassy in Moscow.

A spokesman for the department told AFP: “We urge Russia to put an end to the baseless expulsions of US diplomats.”

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