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The United States will not make any concessions to Russia and insists on reciprocal steps, said State Department spokesman Ned Price.
“Any steps we take will not be concessions. <…> This means that Russia will also have to do something to ensure our security, — he said.
Washington will primarily discuss possible steps with its allies and partners, including Ukraine, Price added.
The State Department spokesman reiterated that the United States was ready to discuss arms control issues with Moscow, including the deployment of missiles in Europe, but would not compromise on NATO's open door policy.
Price had previously said Washington was on this week should send Russia a written response to its proposals.
Russia is seeking security guarantees from the West, primarily concerning NATO's refusal to move eastward. On the need for “precisely legal, legal” Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly stated security guarantees from the West. He pointed out that Western countries had not fulfilled their verbal obligations.
In December last year, Moscow unveiled drafts of a treaty with the United States on security guarantees and an agreement on security measures with NATO , and in January, talks were held with the United States and its allies in NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). However, no compromise could be reached. Russia recognized the talks as a failure and requested written responses to its proposals.
At the same time, the United States and its allies have repeatedly announced plans for Russia to “invade” to Ukraine. The Russian side refuted these statements, emphasizing that it does not threaten anyone, and not excluding military provocations from the West itself in Ukraine. Western countries are pushing for de-escalation and threatening unprecedented sanctions in case of aggression. NATO announced the transfer of military, ships and aircraft to Bulgaria, Romania and Lithuania.
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