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Russia insists on security guarantee before talks with US

Russian soldiers in Kazakhstan are members of the Mission of Collective Security Treaty Organization (ODKB) military alliance. This photo was provided by the Russian Ministry of Defense.
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Prior to talks with US representatives in Geneva, Russia’s deputy foreign minister had assured NATO that it would not expand once again. He also clarified what Moscow did not want to talk about.

V.Ahead of talks with the United States in Geneva this Monday, Russia has again called for the tightening of security deals with NATO. “We need assurances that NATO will not expand,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybkov told the agency on Sunday. Interfox.

Ryapkov said Moscow’s expectations of the upcoming talks were “realistic.” “Given the signals we’ve heard from Washington and Brussels in the last few days, it would be naive to assume that progress is – especially rapid -.” The 61-year-old politician said Russia did not want to participate in the talks. To the US delegation about the unrest in Kazakhstan, Moscow sent troops there.

The meeting is taking place in Geneva in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. The government in Washington has accused Russia of building forces in areas along the border with Ukraine. It is feared that Russian troops may invade the former Soviet republic. Russia rejects such plans and, for its part, particularly opposes the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO. The meeting of the NATO-Russia Council is scheduled for January 12 in Brussels – for the first time in two and a half years.

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