The Kremlin announced today that Washington’s security proposals ignored Russia’s view of the Ukrainian crisis, adding that Moscow “will not rush” to respond to Washington.
“It cannot be said that our point of view has been taken in consideration, or that (the US side) has shown a willingness to take in consider our concerns, “Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. But he added:” Let’s not rush to make assessments, analysis takes time. “
Peskov said the documents, which Washington delivered on Wednesday in coordination with NATO, reached President Vladimir Putin.
“All of these papers are with the president,” he said.
He pointed out that Washington and NATO had requested that the documents be kept secret, but given the number of details Western officials have revealed so far, it “may not be worth” keeping the documents secret.
The Ukrainian Foreign Minister welcomed the talks held in Paris with the Russian side, calling their continuation in February on the sidelines of his visit “good news” in Denmark.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Russia’s agreement to continue talks with the Ukrainian side after two weeks means, at least, that Russia will choose to remain on a diplomatic track until talks resume.
For its part, the US State Department warned today, Thursday, of the “global” security risks of any possible Russian attack on Ukraine, in a phase that is witnessing strong tensions in relations between Moscow on the one hand, and the West on the other, against the backdrop of the Ukrainian crisis.
On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Washington sent a response to Moscow’s requests, explaining that the US message made it clear that Kiev could choose its allies, ignoring Russia’s request for a promise that Ukraine it will never join NATO.
Parallel to the American response, NATO announced that it had submitted written “proposals” to Russia, after Moscow made a series of requests related to reducing American influence in Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union.
Even in the context of the Ukrainian crisis, and in the first official comment released by China, Foreign Minister Wang Yi described to his American counterpart, Anthony Blinken, in a phone call made Thursday between the two sides, the security concerns of Russia as “reasonable.” And Yi said these concerns “should be taken seriously.” In a telephone conversation about the tension over Ukraine, Wang said that “regional security cannot be guaranteed by strengthening or even expanding military blocs”.
The Elysée in France announced Wednesday evening, at the end of a marathon of talks held in Paris between Russia and Ukraine with Franco-German mediation, that the two mediators had received a “good signal” from the Russian side, even if the meeting was ” hard”.
An official of the French presidency said that “in the current context of things, we have received a good signal today in difficult circumstances “, adding:” We have received the signal to return to the commitment we were looking for “, referring to the fragile ceasefire.