Under the above heading, Gennady Petrov wrote, in “Expert Raw”, asking questions about what is being said about the failure of negotiations between Russia and the West to defuse the tension.
The article stated: Negotiations over Russias security proposals have ended. As expected, the negotiations did not reach the only acceptable outcome, from the point of view of the Russian authorities. Moscow received no promises, let alone legal guarantees, not to expand NATO to the east. However, there are indications that the West is willing to compromise on some issues. In the current situation, Russia cannot bet on more.
At the same time, as in Geneva and Brussels, the Russian delegation succeeded in conveying the idea that the “red lines” drawn in the two documents presented are neither empty talk nor a rhetorical formula from the Kremlin. It’s dangerous.
There is a significant detail: the outcome of the negotiations is drawn up by Russia, not by the West. In her post-meeting Geneva briefing on what can be achieved, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman confined herself to a call not to believe everything Russian officials would say. In other words, she hinted that the Russian-American dialogue, at least, will take place, for some time, behind the scenes.
In fact, the mere presentation of the Russian proposals and the American decision to discuss them in the broadest possible form, rather than explicitly rejecting them, is still questionable. Then, why, both in Europe and in America, did they suddenly start talking about terrible sanctions against Russia in the event of an invasion of Ukraine, when the danger of such an invasion was not felt even in Kiev? Why did Moscow begin to demand guarantees of not expanding NATO? No one is suggesting that Ukraine or Georgia join the alliance. Finally, what will Moscow do if the Russian proposals are completely and categorically rejected?
It is not excluded that the answers to these questions will become clear soon. Lavrov has said that Russia is awaiting written responses, or perhaps counter-proposals, from both the United States and NATO.
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