The consultations between Russia and the US on the security guarantees requested by Moscow after the increase in tension in Ukraine will begin on January 10 in Geneva, as reported by the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Riabkov.
Russia, Ukraine and NATO: the keys to the tension on the border
“The meeting will be held in Geneva. January 10 is the main day of the Russian-American bilateral consultations, which we hope will turn into talks on our draft agreements,” Riabkov said in statements collected by the Russian agency TASS.
The senior Russian diplomat has confirmed that “it will be impossible to reach an agreement in a single day.” “But we cannot extend this process either because the issue is very urgent and very serious.”
“The attempts of the other party (…) to lengthen the conversations, to bring all this to the level of endless discussions, including the agenda, and about who has what priorities or others, will be valued by us as a ruse to spoil conversations, “he warned.
The Moscow proposal
Moscow published on December 17 the drafts of the treaty and the agreement that proposes to the US and NATO, respectively, to open a new era of security that ends the instability that, according to the Kremlin, brought the end of the Cold War and Washington’s solitary hegemony over the globe.
In them, Moscow warns that Ukraine’s entry into NATO is a non-negotiable red line, proposes the signing of a new treaty that excludes the placement of nuclear weapons outside the borders of Russia and the United States and the return to their silos of the weapons already deployed prior to the entry into force of the binding document it proposes.
In an unprecedented proposal, both parties would also commit to the destruction of the already existing infrastructure for this purpose abroad, in addition to ceasing to carry out nuclear tests and train civilian and military specialists from other countries, among other proposals.
The US was quick to respond that it has to consult with its European allies before making a pronouncement.