During the negotiations within the framework of the Russia-NATO Council meeting, the partners touched upon the topic of Ukraine, contrary to Kiev’s desire not to discuss these issues without the presence of the Ukrainian side. This was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko at a press conference following the Russia-NATO Council meeting, the broadcast is available on the RBC YouTube channel.
The diplomat recalled the statement by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken that not a word would be said about Ukraine without Ukraine. “But today our partners discussed Ukraine, well, probably one and a half hours out of the four allotted,” he said. Thus, Grushko caught the American State Department of deceiving Kiev.
At the same time, before the talks between Moscow and NATO, the head of the Ukrainian president’s office, Andriy Yermak, recalled the guarantees that Kiev received from American President Joe Biden. It was about the fact that issues related to the security of Ukraine will not be discussed with other countries without her presence. “And the principle” nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine “will be adhered to during any negotiations,” – quoted by Regnum.
On January 7, the State Department reported that Blinken had a telephone conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba. During the discussion of the upcoming diplomatic contacts with Russia, he promised that there would be no talk about Ukraine without the presence of representatives of the official Kiev.