After meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Western countries are not fulfilling their obligations, noting: “We have asked the American side to provide security guarantees and Washington should provide responses to Russia next week. ” Blinken replied that Washington would respond to these requests within a week
He also stated in a press conference in Geneva that “Russia has never threatened the Ukrainian people”, noting that the Americans have tried to focus on Ukraine, “and we understand their concerns.”
The Russian minister expressed hope for a “reduction of emotion” after the Russian-American talks, which he called “francs”.
In this context, diplomats reported that the Lavrov-Blinken talks did not make any progress.
Security Guarantees Initiative
Lavrov had stated before the meeting with Blinken that the security guarantees initiative proposed by Moscow requires the withdrawal of foreign troops, weapons and military equipment from Bulgaria and Romania.
In response to a question about what it means for these two countries, Moscow’s request for NATO to return to the balance of power in Europe, which was in 1997, Lavrov indicated that “there is talk of one of the main elements of the Russian initiative, and therefore this idea was formulated with the greatest degree of clarity to avoid any difference in its interpretation”, in the statements published on Friday. by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
He also added: “There is talk of the withdrawal of foreign forces, equipment and the army and other steps aimed at returning to the situation it was in 1997 in the territories of countries that were not members of NATO at the time, including Bulgaria and Romania. “
Lavrov also stressed that the proposals put forward by Moscow represent a “realistic vision of how to guarantee the long-term security of Europe and create conditions for a peaceful coexistence between Russia and the West”.
And he added: “in the current circumstances, this is perhaps the only way to strengthen public security on the continent without compromising the security of specific regional states”.
But Romania considered Russia’s request to withdraw NATO forces from its territory “unacceptable”.
The meeting between Sergey Lavrov and Anthony Blinken took place in a building overlooking Lake Geneva, the last stage of an intense diplomatic process that began 11 days ago in Geneva among their collaborators.
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