Foreign Ministry explained the publication of Russia’s demands on the United States and NATO

Zakharova: Russia has published requirements for the US and NATO to avoid manipulation Russia's proposals to NATO were made public to avoid manipulation in the press. Earlier, former US Ambassador Michael McFaul called the decision of the Russian side to unilaterally publish the requirements “extremely unusual”

Maria Zakharova

Russia published its security demands on the US and NATO in order to avoid manipulation in the American media and get the job done open on these documents, said the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on the air Solovyov.Live.

Earlier, former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul called in his Washington Post column “ extremely unusual '' Russia's decision to publish drafts of two documents. He noted that the negotiations in which he participated during his work in the administration of President Barack Obama, the Russian side never began with the presentation of a list of requirements. “ In fact, serious negotiations in general rarely begin with the preparation or even more so the publication of one of the parties to the whole agreement. This move by Russian President Vladimir Putin looks like an ultimatum & raquo;, & mdash; said the ex-ambassador.

He suggested that Russia may not really want security talks in Europe. But if this is not the case, the United States and its partners, in his opinion, should use this opportunity: “ Some ideas in Russian agreements deserve discussion. ''

“ He (McFaul) & lt; … & gt; talks about the fact that this is supposedly a bluff, because usually Russia works secretly with documents, always against some kind of publicity, and then they took it and laid it out, '' & mdash; said Zakharova. She recalled that at first the documents were transferred to the United States through diplomatic channels. Then they were published in order to “ exclude any manipulations '', which, according to Zakharova, usually begin in the American media in such situations.

“ In order for this work to be truly open, given what is happening now in the field of security, we have detailed the Russian approaches to these documents, '' & mdash; stressed the representative of the Foreign Ministry.

On December 17, the ministry published draft documents with requirements for the United States and NATO on security guarantees. Prior to that, both documents were transferred to US Assistant Secretary of State Karen Donfried during her visit to Moscow.

The main proposals of the Russian side & mdash; non-expansion of NATO to the east, non-joining the alliance of the countries of the former USSR, a ban on military activities on the territory of Ukraine.

EU Representative Peter Stano, commenting on Moscow's proposals, said that the key principles of European security are set out in the Helsinki Final Act and the Paris charter. He stressed that Russia should respect the right of other countries to choose their foreign policy and the alliances they would like to join.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that among Russia's demands there are clearly unacceptable ones, and there are those that can discuss. Washington expects security negotiations to begin in early 2022.

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