White House responds to Putin’s demand for guarantees of non-expansion of NATO

Earlier, the Russian President made a proposal to start substantive negotiations on achieving legal guarantees of NATO's eastward expansion

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki not Russia. This was stated by the press secretary of the White House, Jen Psaki, reports The Washington Post.

“ Only NATO countries can decide who is a member of the alliance, not Russia. It is important to remember who is the provocateur in this situation, and it is not the United States or Ukraine, '' & mdash; she answered a journalist's question about Russia's demand for guarantees of non-expansion of the alliance.

She also added that the United States is actively consulting with its European partners and the US Congress on the build-up of Russian troops near Ukraine's borders. “We know what [Russian President Vladimir] Putin has done in the past. We see him facing difficulties in ordering the invasion [of Ukraine] in a short time, '', & mdash; she added.

On December 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed starting substantive negotiations on achieving legal guarantees of NATO's eastward expansion. According to him, Russia intends to seek “ reliable and long-term security guarantees '' and in negotiations with the United States and its allies will “ insist on the development of specific agreements. ''

In early December, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also said that the decision on the degree of Ukraine's readiness to join NATO would be made by the members of the alliance, and Russia does not have the right to veto on this issue. Any future Russian aggression against Ukraine will be costly and entail serious political and economic consequences for Moscow, he said. In November, Stoltenberg also admitted that American nuclear weapons stationed in Europe could end up in Eastern European countries if Germany refuses to deploy them.

In early November, the Washington Post and Politico reported citing on its own sources and data from satellite images that Russia is building up troops on the border with Ukraine. Kiev initially denied the threat, but later Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported 100,000 Russian troops concentrated on the eastern borders.

In response, Putin said that the topic of the “ invasion '' Russian troops were raised in Ukraine at the beginning of the year, but the invasion itself has not happened yet. He also noted that he sees threats to those who live in the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR due to the movement of the Ukrainian armed forces near their territories.

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