Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced on Tuesday that the security documents sent by the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to Moscow are positive and respond to long-standing Russian claims.
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This was stated by Lavrov on the occasion of talks with his Polish counterpart and current acting president of the Organization for European Security and Cooperation, Zbigniew Rau, who is in Moscow.
However, the foreign minister specified that the current moment “is not the end of the story” of the dispute of recent weeks, for which Moscow will continue the dialogue with Washington and the military alliance on security matters and admitted the possibility that both parties reach an overall resolution of these issues.
Russia demands, among other aspects, the renunciation of NATO’s expansion to the East and the deployment of offensive weapons near its borders, and insists on the withdrawal of troops and war material from Bulgaria and Romania.
The United States broke the Medium and Short-Range Missile Treaty with Moscow in August 2019 and currently has its missile weapons deployed in the Polish town of Redzikowo, about 180 kilometers from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, and in the Romanian town of Deveselu, about 600 kilometers from the Crimean peninsula.
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It also transpired that Russia will make public its response to US and NATO counterproposals on security guarantees, after Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday approved what Lavrov called the concept of Moscow’s draft response to the Western counterproposals.
In this regard, Lavrov clarified that for Moscow one of the main challenges facing the OSCE is to achieve a common vision on the principle of the indivisibility of security (that is, that no country strengthens its own at the expense of the others). ), which is central to the European security architecture.
This Tuesday, Russia began a withdrawal to its bases of troops previously deployed in military exercises and the German Federal Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, visits President Putin to analyze the border crisis.