The European Union cannot be a neutral spectator in the framework of negotiations on US and NATO security guarantees with Russia – as stated by Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, whose words are quoted by The Financial Times, RIA Novosti reports
In late 2021, Russia presented draft agreements with the United States and NATO on security guarantees. The Russian Federation demands legally binding guarantees from western countries that NATO would not further expand to the East, that Ukraine would not join the block and that new military bases on the territory of the former Soviet states would not be established.
“[The European Union] cannot be a neutral spectator in these negotiations,” Mr. Borrell said.
Negotiations between the Russian Federation and the United States on Russian proposals on security guarantees will take place on January 10th, in Geneva. The Russian proposals will then be probably discussed on January 12th, at a specially convened meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels, as well as on January 13th – at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.