Russia demands strict limits on the activities of the US-led NATO military alliance in countries

Written by on December 20, 2021

Russia has demanded strict limits on the activities of the US-led NATO military alliance in countries in Eastern Europe.

The demands, which are unlikely to be met, come amid Western fears Russia plans to invade its neighbour Ukraine.

Russia denies this, but wants NATO to rule out Ukraine and others ever joining the alliance to defuse the situation. It has asked for urgent talks with the United States.

The US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Friday it was open to talking but that it would be putting its own concerns on the table too.

The US said it had dialogue with Russia on European security issues for the last twenty years, but that has sometimes produced progress, sometimes produced deadlock, but that they were fundamentally prepared for dialogue.

Earlier on Friday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters the US will not go into the talks alone on European security without our European allies and partners.

NATO, which was originally set up to defend Europe against possible threats from the former Soviet Union, has forces in the Baltic republics and Poland.

Ango Bally   

 


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