Lavrov and Blinken meet today in Geneva to discuss security guarantees

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Lavrov and Blinken meet today in Geneva to discuss security guarantees

AP Saul Loeb

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the United States, Sergey Lavrov and Anthony Blinken, will hold a meeting in Geneva on Friday, and the Russian proposals on security guarantees will be at the top of the agenda.

This meeting between the foreign ministers of Russia and the United States comes a week after a series of consultations between Russia, the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Russian proposals for security guarantees.

Prior to his meeting with his Russian counterpart, the US Secretary of State stated that he did not bring with him a written response from the United States on the Russian proposals related to security guarantees, noting that it is necessary to discuss the current situation and see if there is still an opportunity for the parties for diplomacy and dialogue.

For its part, Moscow said before the talks that during the Geneva meeting, it is assumed that “the next possible steps will be determined.”

Russia demanded the United States of America to respond in writing to the proposals made by Moscow regarding security guarantees.

Moscow’s main demands include abandoning further NATO expansion in the east towards the Russian borders, withdrawing NATO weapons to the 1997 positions, and not deploying offensive weapons near the Russian borders.

Source: RIA Novosti





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