The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has indicated that the country plans to hold a round of talks with the US government on security guarantees in early 2022.
“It was agreed that at the beginning of next year, there will be a bilateral contact between our negotiators and the Americans in a first round of consultations,” he said, according to the Sputnik news agency.
This same Wednesday, Lavrov has criticized the statements made by NATO Secretary General Sergei Lavrov on this matter. “Stoltenberg makes wild statements about NATO relations with Russia,” he said.
The Russian government has warned this week of an increase in tension with NATO and has asked the alliance for “security guarantees” since a confrontation could “shake the world.”
“The lack of progress in the political-diplomatic resolution of this problem will lead to a military response from Russia (…) and there will be a new wave of confrontation,” said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov.
However, the NATO member countries have for the moment refused to join this moratorium and have left the door open for a missile deployment of these characteristics in Europe. Riabkov has advocated establishing a dialogue to resolve the matter. “We are going to focus on working with the Americans (…) which is logical due to their leadership role in the alliance,” he said.