WP learns of US request to Russia not to release safeguards response

WP: The US asked Russia not to make public the answer on the guarantees after Lavrov's statement At the same time, the State Department did not rule out that Moscow would make the document public. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, this “would be right”

The United States asks Russia not to publicize the response to Moscow's proposals on security guarantees, writes The Washington Post. At the same time, a senior State Department official admitted that the Russian side could release the document as soon as Washington hands it over.

The interlocutor noted that while the United States response still does not satisfy Russia's demand that NATO refuse to move east and accept Ukraine into its ranks, the administration of President Joe Biden believes that Russian leader Vladimir Putin will familiarize himself with it,— in the interests of the United States.

“There is one person in Russia who makes decisions, and this person— President Putin»,— said an administration official.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said “it was right” publicize the United States response. According to him, he will ask Secretary of State Anthony Blinken about it. Lavrov and Blinken held talks in Geneva on January 21.

Putin has repeatedly said that Moscow needs “precisely legal, legal guarantees,” since the West has not fulfilled its verbal obligations. In particular, that NATO will not move east.

On December 17 last year, the Foreign Ministry released drafts of a treaty with the United States on security guarantees and an agreement on security arrangements with NATO. They focus on guarantees that the alliance will not move further to the east, concentrate offensive strike weapons systems near the borders, join the states formerly part of the USSR, including Ukraine, conduct any military activity on the territory of this country, as well as other states. Eastern Europe, Transcaucasia and Central Asia.

On 10, 12 and 13 January, Russia held talks with the US and its NATO and UN allies. Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). However, it was not possible to reach a compromise in the negotiations.

Russia asked for a written response to its proposals. The Secretary of State promised to hand it over next week. According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, the United States will set out its proposals for strengthening arms control and building confidence in it.

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