Thursday, February 2

The US delivers its security proposals on Ukraine to Russia with a call for de-escalation

The United States has already provided Russia with its own document on security in Europe in response to those submitted by Russia. The Kremlin called for an end to NATO expansion, while building up forces on the border with Ukraine. And the United States, “in a coordinated response with allies,” Blinken explained on Wednesday, “expresses concerns about Russia’s actions, while proposing measures to increase transparency and disarmament.”

The US ambassador in Moscow, John Sullivan, has been in charge of delivering the written response to Russia’s demands regarding new security “agreements” in Europe. According to Politico, a senior NATO official has delivered the Alliance’s parallel response to a Russian diplomat in Brussels.

“From our perspective, the door to NATO remains open,” Blinken insisted in relation to Russia’s request that NATO not expand to Ukraine and Georgia. NATO, for its part, will deliver its own written brief shortly, the Secretary General of the Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, announced on Tuesday night.

The US Secretary of State has also explained that the United States has established in its proposals a “serious diplomatic path for Russia to take peacefully and avoid a conflict. But, in any case, we are prepared for the opposite to happen”.

Blinken has also announced that he will speak with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, in the “next few days”, in the midst of the crisis due to the fear that Moscow may attack Ukraine. And he has advanced that the “very serious sanctions” if this attack occurs “will financially affect Russia.”

“The document does several things,” said Blinken, who has denied that it was a great treaty with a high degree of detail: “It reiterates what we have said publicly for many weeks and for many years. It establishes our principles, which we will defend from all ways; our concerns about Russia’s security-threatening actions in Ukraine and in Europe; and suggesting areas where, reciprocally, we can advance collective security. These are ideas for advancing collective security. President Biden has been personally involved in this document, we have taken ideas from our European allies.

Blinken concluded: “Now they have the document and the ball is in their court. Whether they choose the dialogue option or the aggression option, we are ready.”

Regarding the presence of Americans in Ukraine, the US Secretary of State has been clear: “Our message is that you seriously consider leaving.” However, Blinken has stressed that the US Embassy in Kiev will remain open.

The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, has warned of the situation in the continent: “Europe is in danger”. The High Representative for Cooperation and Security of the EU launches the alert voice in the midst of a security crisis in the East, due to the noise of Russian tanks on the border with Ukraine. “I wish it were different”, he said this Tuesday night at a conference in Brussels, “but the last two years we have experienced a serious worsening of our strategic environment. I am convinced that today we are experiencing the most dangerous moment since the end of the Cold War”.