NATO Russia standoff
NATO, Russia in a standoff after talks in Brussels | Politico EU - Jan. 14, 2021 |
NATO allies and Russia ended nearly four hours of security talks on Wednesday in a standoff, with the West flatly rejecting Moscow's demands for no further expansion of alliance membership and the withdrawal of NATO forces from Eastern Europe.
"We can discuss many issues but we cannot discuss some core principles," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference following the meeting.
He said that allies were adamant they would not accede to Russia's demand for a guarantee that Ukraine and Georgia never join the alliance, nor would they allow Moscow to dictate where allied countries choose to position their forces.
Russia-Ukraine Standoff - Daily Briefing | Jan. 19 | Moscow Times - 16 hrs ago |
High-stakes talks between Russia and the West have so far failed to de-escalate a tense standoff between the sides, with the United States warning of a serious risk of a Russian offensive against Ukraine.
In addition to demanding a ban on Ukraine's future membership to NATO, Russia wants the Western alliance to pull back its forces to where they were in 1997, before eastern European members joined. Moscow has amassed some 100,000 troops close to the border with Ukraine and in annexed Crimea, and its announcement of surprise military exercises with neighboring Belarus has fueled tensions further.
NATO and the U.S. have called Russia's demands "non-starters," instead offering to open a dialogue with Russia on a host of lesser issues such as missile deployment and military exercises. Moscow has said this is unacceptable, and says it is awaiting written responses from the U.S. on each of its demands.
- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to choose the "peaceful path," emphasizing a "strong preference for a diplomatic path to de-escalate conflict" ahead of his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Geneva on Friday.
- Moscow voices impatience while waiting for a response to its security proposals, with Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov saying at the Valdai discussion club that "we are not ready to wait forever" and any changes to its deployments would not be made from "outside pressure."
- Ryabkov also says Russia will not accept a temporary ban on Ukraine joining NATO that would expire in 20 to 30 years.
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered to host talks between Russia and Ukraine in Turkey in an attempt to avoid war. Erdogan plans to "go to Ukraine in the coming weeks for negotiations with Zelenskiy," according to his spokesperson.
No risk of large-scale war in Europe, senior Russian diplomat says | Tass |
According to Sergey Ryabkov, Moscow sees a threat in the fact that Ukraine "is becoming more and more integrated into NATO," even without obtaining a formal membership in that alliance.
"That is what lies at the core of Russia's security interests," the high-ranking diplomat said. "We will be doing our utmost to reverse and rebalance this situation through diplomatic channels. So the draft agreements that have been proposed to the US are exactly the path we should set on for a diplomatic solution."
On December 17, 2021, the Russian Foreign Ministry published a draft agreement with the United States on security guarantees and another one on measures ensuring the security of Russia and NATO member states. Russia-US consultations on these issues were held in Geneva on January 10. A Russia-NATO Council meeting was held in Brussels on January 12, and a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council was held in Vienna on January 13.
To declare parts of the proposal "non-starters" will not suffice. The path to avoid hostilities is to start on a path of serious talks without further delay.
Russia will not accept hostile NATO forces and missiles at its frontier. Decades of creeping expansion and breaking down all channels of diplomacy will end in a war. The policy of NATO has never been doubt and has been advocated by American rightwing think tanks, US Congress and especially the Atlantic Council.
See my diary from yesterday Blinken Press Conference in Kyiv ...
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Biden adding fuel to the fire undermining any serious effort of talks in Geneva ... adding a THREAT to RUSSIA.
Will someone protect America from its own President?
All over the news media in the States, analysts trying to explain what Biden really meant. Appears to me he was reading from yesterday`s playbook. A global clock, working diplomacy on different continent and time zones. 😂 🌍
Return to angry rhetoric from last December from Ukraine President Zelensky and from Peskov in the Kremlin. Double-crossing the effort by Antony Blinken to get all parties to de-escalate and on a path of diplomacy. Reminds me of the Obama White House where the President entertained a broad discussion with opposing views. Not the right time Mr. President ... your envoy is on a crucial mission and the world has to decide who is the fool ... Blinken or Biden. 😡 Ukraine 🇺🇦 Russia 🇷🇺
Biden lays bare Nato divide over Russian aggression against Ukraine
h/t karlof1 @MofA.
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The Minsk-2 Agreements are also UNSC Resolution 2202, and are an easy to understand 5-page series of steps to be taken aiming at resolving the civil crisis that the Ukrainian leadership has refused to implement while advancing spurious arguments along with those who illegally overthrew the former Ukrainian government that caused the current crisis and aide the Ukrainians in their refusals and attempts to resolve the crisis by force.
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The importance of the U.S. Presidential election and how difficult it will be to maintain democratic values.
In my analysis, the U.S. Election 2016 was unprecedented in malevolent intervention from Intelligence agencies from major world powers. The nations of the Asian continent have undoubtedly worked hard in hacking and cyber crimes on an equal basis as the Western world.
More and more, there is more than meets the eye in the whole #Russiagate affair of deception, espionage, smoke and mirrors. My belief there were people set-up around the original Republican funded Trump dossier. There were fall guys introduced, an FBI mole within the Trump campaign HQ and the bogus and poorly documented Steel dossier that was actually written and produced by Fusion GPS.
The Mueller investigation should focus on the role Fusion GPS played, the main characters Glenn Simpson and his spouse Jacoby.
Originally the Trump opposition dossier was funded by intrigant Paul Singer and a source within the Emirates (Abu Dhabi). The UAE has worked hand in glove with the Saudi regime in Yemen and in the Syrian civil war. Now the Gulf States (minus Qatar) have been cooperation with Israeli intelligence to turn US foreign policy in their favor and contribute all terror to the Islamic State of Iran.
The Biden administration is losing costly time te renew the JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran, abandoned by the former President in favor of Israel and the "Abraham Economic Accords".
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*Russia intervened in Syria and ended the terrorist atrocities by the Islamic State of the Levant.
*Russia secured its influence in Central Asia by ending violent riots in Kazakhstan.
*Mali military junta has hired Russian forces to fight Al Qaeda terror in the Sahel.
*In Libya multiple outside powers exert their influence from Russia to Qatar, UAE,
KSA, Egypt and NATO countries. "We came, we saw, he died."
One of the many arguments HRC was unfit for the highest office of the United States. Stupidity of the Democratic Party machine.
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