Russia insists that NATO violate its pledge made to Ukraine to be part of the security package

Russia insists that NATO violate its pledge made to Ukraine to be part of the security package. 

Russia demanded that NATO change its 2008 pledge towards Ukraine and Georgia on Friday. However, they promised to be members eventually. 

The alliance must promise not to deploy weapons in any country close to Russia to jeopardize its security.

The demands were made clear through The Russian Foreign Ministry in its most detailed declaration yet regarding the security assurances the president Vladimir Putin says he wants to get from the United States and its allies.

They also included suggestions for establishing an ongoing dialogue on defense and avoiding near-misses between military aircraft and warships. 

These could form the basis for discussions with Washington after a two-hour video phone call last week with Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden.

The need for a robust Russian block on NATO participation for Ukraine as the most explosive flashpoint in the East-West relationship is something Washington and Kyiv have already excluded.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg echoed this sentiment and said NATO’s position was unaltered.

“It is a fundamental principle that every nation has the right to choose its path … including what kind of security arrangements it wants to be part of,” Stoltenberg said to the media in Brussels late on Friday.

“NATO’s relationship with Ukraine is going to be decided by the 30 NATO allies and Ukraine, no one else. So we cannot accept that Russia is trying to re-establish a system where big powers … have spheres of influence, where they can control and decide what other members do.”

The ministry of foreign affairs in Moscow stated that NATO was on the right track to gain access to Ukraine, which could lead to the development of missile systems that would strike Russia.

“Such irresponsible behavior creates unacceptable threats to our security and provokes serious military risks for all parties involved, right up to the point of a large-scale conflict in Europe,” it stated.

“In the fundamental interests of European security, it is necessary to formally disavow the decision of the 2008 NATO Bucharest summit that ‘Ukraine and Georgia will become NATO members.”

Ukraine and Georgia both were republics in both of Soviet Union, in which Russia played a significant role. Kyiv has accused Russia of having a massive influx of hundreds of thousands along the border to prepare for a potential massive military operation. 

Biden said to Putin that he could be subject to severe economic sanctions if this occurred.

Russia isn’t planning an attack but has accused Ukraine and the United States of destabilizing behavior and has stated that it requires security guarantees to ensure its security.

The foreign ministry announced that Moscow is preparing a set of measures to ease tensions. These include holding military exercises within agreed boundaries of the borders between NATO and Russia. 

They also propose secure distances between opposing aircraft and warships, particularly within regions like the Baltic and the Black Seas.

Moscow has also called for a renewal of a regular dialogue on defense with NATO and the United States and NATO and demanded Washington sign the moratorium to deploy intermediate-range nuclear weapons across Europe.

Before that day, the deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov warned Western countries not to disregard Russia’s requests for security guarantees that are legally bid.

 

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