Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov informed Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that there are possibilities of agreement with the United States and NATO on “key issues” of security guarantees that Moscow demands, while Fears of an invasion grow Ukrainian Russian.
Lavrov told the head of the Kremlin in a meeting that was partially broadcast on Russian public television, that Moscow will continue to search for answers to security problems in Europe.
The foreign minister has also informed Putin that the response to the replies from Washington and the Atlantic Alliance to the demands for security guarantees, among which is the commitment that neither Ukraine nor any former Soviet republic will be part of NATO, is written and has ten pages.
The dialogue, “far from being exhausted”
The Russian minister stressed to Putin that the negotiations “must not drag on foreverbut at this stage I I would propose to continue and intensify them” and added that, in his opinion, the Russia’s chances “are far from exhausted”.
“You and other representatives of Russia have said that we warned that it is not admissible to negotiate forever on issues that require a solution today, but being the foreign minister, I must say that there is always a chances”, Lavrov stressed to the Russian president.
Lavrov has stressed that Russia will continue to await a response to their legitimate concerns on the indivisibility of security in Europe of each one of the countries of the space of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
America’s “Cowboy Attitude”
On United States response to the security guarantees demanded by Moscow, the Foreign Minister has indicated that the first part of them is unsatisfactory, but that the second is constructive.
“The first part of the US response does not satisfy us. The second part is to a certain extent constructive in nature, it contains quite concrete measures,” Lavrov said, detailing that these measures “have to do with solving the problems of the short- and medium-range ground-based missiles“, as well as “the reduction of military risks, measures of confidence and military transparency“.
For his part, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, assured on Monday that America has a “cowboy attitude” to the countries of the European Union.
The spokesman has also expressed his wish that “common sense prevails” in the face of rising tensions. “Let’s hope that common sense prevails and that Europeans think first of all about our common home, Europe, where we cohabit with each other as direct neighbors“, highlighted Peskov, who has argued that “the desperate attempts to expand the role of the European Union in international affairs are not entirely successful”, because “the Washington’s influence remains very strong“.
OSCE Chairman travels to Moscow
The rotating chairman of the OSCE, the Polish Foreign Minister, Zbigniew Rau, will travel to Moscow on Tuesday to meet with Lavrov, with whom he will talk about “strengthen cooperation between the OSCE and the Russian Federation“.
That also includes “efforts directed at the stabilization of the security situation and de-escalation in the OSCE region”, in clear reference to the tense situation in Ukraine.
Rau’s visit comes at a time of maximum tension before a possible Russian invasionwhich the United States considers could be carried out at any time, while Kiev asks not to spread panic and remain calm.
The secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksiy Danilov, has pointed out that “we do not currently see an invasion taking place on a large scale of the Russian Federation on the 16th or 17th of February.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.