Kremlin sees no reason for optimism after talks with US

Peskov about the negotiations with the US on NATO: “There is nothing to say about the result yet.” In negotiations on security guarantees with NATO, it is not the process that is important, but the result, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov. In the meantime, according to him, the result does not inspire optimism

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman (left) and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov (right) during the talks

Moscow sees no reason for optimism after the talks on security guarantees, which were held the day before by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkovs by Deputy Head of the State Department Wendy Sherman in Geneva … This was announced to reporters by the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, the correspondent of RBC reports.

“ So far, let's say, we do not see any significant reason for optimism. The way these negotiations took place deserves a positive assessment. '', & Mdash; said Peskov.

The Kremlin spokesman also added that what matters is the outcome of these negotiations, not process for process's sake. “ There is nothing to say about the result yet. There are a few more rounds to come, which will allow us to gain a clearer understanding of where we are with the Americans. It is still impossible to draw any conclusions, '' & mdash; he thinks.

Sherman and Ryabkov met in Geneva on January 9 and 10. Speaking about their results, Ryabkov and his counterparts assessed the conversation as honest and frank. However, at the main demand of Russia & mdash; guarantees of non-expansion of NATO to the east and non-deployment of weapons in neighboring countries & mdash; the parties did not come to an agreement.

According to Ryabkov, during the negotiations, the Russian side explained, “ why obtaining legal guarantees of NATO's non-expansion '' this is an absolute imperative '', and also why Moscow demands “ to abandon the material development of the territories of the states that joined NATO for the period after 1997 ''. According to Washington's position, no one can demand that the US and NATO give up the right to admit other countries into the alliance and impose a foreign policy on them.

Discuss during further meetings and consultations with US allies ready not to deploy strike weapons in Europe that can hit targets on Russian territory, as well as restrictions on military exercises, the Deputy Head of the State Department said.

The Russian delegation also made it clear that it expects to receive a “ quick response ''; on behalf of the United States and NATO, while Washington indicated that negotiations on complex topics could not be completed in a few weeks or days.

The draft agreement on security guarantees and an agreement on security measures for Russia and NATO countries Russia handed over to the United States in mid-December.

On January 12, a meeting of the Council of Russia & mdash; NATO in Brussels, and on January 13 & mdash; negotiations between representatives of Russia and the OSCE in Vienna.

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