Differenzen in Schlüsselfragen: Kreml hält bisherige Verhandlungen mit USA für "misslungen"

13 Jan. 2022 15:03 Uhr

The Kremlin is disappointed after the security negotiations between Russia, the USA and NATO. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov has described the previous rounds of talks with representatives of the USA as unsuccessful, but hopes that the dialogue will continue.

The spokesman for the Russian President, Dmitri Peskov, commented on the previous security negotiations between Russia, the USA and NATO on January 13th. He showed a certain disappointment with the course of the talks. The Kremlin spokesman considered the previous rounds of negotiations with representatives of the United States to have failed. Peskov expressed this assessment when he commented on possible personal sanctions against President Vladimir Putin:

“Of course, we rate the appearance of such documents and such declarations extremely negatively, especially against the background of the ongoing talks that have failed, but are nonetheless talks.”

If the initiative is actually accepted by US senators, it would be an excessive measure that would amount to a break in relations, stressed the spokesman for the Russian president.

At the same time, Peskow found certain positive moments both in the first round of negotiations with the USA on January 9th and 10th in Geneva and in the talks with NATO on January 12th in Brussels. Nevertheless, they were not the main target of the deliberations. The reason for these urgent meetings was different.

“The negotiations were initiated in order to get concrete answers to specific questions of principle. Differences were found on these questions of principle. That is bad.”

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The Kremlin spokesman said, however, that Russia expects to receive a written statement with concrete formulations from the other side within a few days. Moscow hears NATO’s assurances that the alliance will no longer expand. At the same time, the military alliance is courting new countries such as Finland and Sweden. In some participating states there are demands to increase the NATO quota on their territory. In this regard, Peskov pointed out that Russia is moving its troops on its own soil.

“If NATO wants to dictate to us how and where we should move our armed forces on Russian territory, it is hardly possible. We are talking about Russian territory here.”

Nonetheless, the Kremlin spokesman called for the dialogue to continue. The government in Moscow has always shown enough political will for this – in contrast to the other side. At the same time, Peskow ruled out dialogue for the sake of dialogue:

“In these fundamental questions there can be no process for the sake of the process. There should be a concrete result, a concrete answer.”

In December 2021, Russia demanded security guarantees from the US and NATO and published a draft agreement. Moscow demanded, among other things, written assurances that the Western military alliance would no longer expand to the east. On January 9 and 10, a Russian and a US delegation negotiated in Geneva. A meeting of the Russia-NATO Council took place in Brussels on January 12th.

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