Ukraine requested “security guarantees” against Russia and rejects the idea of adopting a “neutrality” that takes Sweden or Austria as a model, the Ukrainian presidency announced on Wednesday as part of a new day of negotiations between Moscow and kyiv. .
Ukraine recognizes that it cannot be a member of NATO
In response to the proposal put forward by the Russian delegation, the negotiator Mikhail Podoliak pointed out that “Ukraine is in a conflict with Russia. Therefore, the model can only be Ukrainian and only on the basis of solid security guarantees.”
In this regard, the journalists asked if the Kremlin was satisfied with this variant of demilitarization. “This option, which is in fact being discussed now, and which can be seen as a certain compromise,” responded Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
The Russian government has proposed solving the security misgivings arising from Ukraine with a potential compromise in which the latter country agrees to be neutral, in line with the current doctrines of countries such as Sweden and Austria, which do not have any foreign base in their territory.
Also, the Kremlin considered it impossible to comment on the question of whether Russia would link the issue of lifting Western sanctions with the signing of a document between kyiv and Moscow, in the context of ongoing negotiations.
On the other hand, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg guaranteed on Wednesday that the military bloc will not allow the conflict in Ukraine to spread to other nations.
Prior to the meeting of alliance defense ministers, Stoltenberg said: “NATO has a responsibility to ensure that this crisis does not escalate beyond Ukraine and that is also why we have increased our presence on the Eastern Alliance”.
Similarly, the Norwegian diplomat assured that the conflict in Ukraine will have repercussions in different ways on the foundations of NATO by transforming the “security environment” in Europe.
In this regard, he stated that Russia’s special military operation: “will have lasting consequences for our security for all NATO allies.” The impact of the crisis in Ukraine means a reconfiguration in the international system, according to several experts.
According to the head of the military bloc, NATO has given a “united and rapid” response with sanctions on Moscow and with “significant military, financial and humanitarian support to Ukraine” while reinforcing its presence in the region.
I have agreed an extraordinary Summit on 24 March at #BORN HQ. We will address #russia‘s invasion of #ukraine, our strong support for Ukraine, and further strengthening NATO’s deterrence & defence. At this critical time, North America & Europe must continue to stand together.
— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg)
March 15, 2022
Regarding the meeting with the defense ministers of the countries that make up NATO, he pointed out that: “they will not only address the immediate consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but also the longer-term consequences, the long-term adaptation of our Alliance , how to further strengthen our defense and deterrence and eliminate any room for miscalculation or misunderstanding in Moscow about our readiness to protect and defend all allies.”
For his part, the president of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, acknowledged on Tuesday that his country cannot join NATO. In line with this, he asserted that: “For years they told us about the supposedly open doors but we also heard that we cannot enter, it is true, we must admit it.”