The concluded meeting was the first after a break of more than two years. The Brussels meeting was the second round of consultations between Russia and the West on Moscow’s proposals on security guarantees. It took place in the development of negotiations between Russia and the United States, which took place on January 9-10 in Geneva.
On the eve of the meeting, the head of the Russian delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Grushko expressed hope for “a serious, deep conversation on key, fundamental problems of European security.”
Russia insists that the alliance not accept new members and abandoned the intention to admit Ukraine and Georgia to NATO, announced at the 2008 Bucharest summit. In addition, Moscow demands that NATO not deploy weapons capable of hitting targets on Russian territory close to our borders, abandon the material and technical development of the territories of countries that have joined the alliance after the signing of the Russia-NATO Founding Act in 1997, which threatens Russia.
As Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, Moscow expects from Brussels and Washington “a real step towards Russia.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, for his part, assured that the alliance is ready to listen to Russia’s concerns and start an open and meaningful dialogue. However, he rejected the possibility of a compromise on the expansion of the alliance.