At a press briefing on Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated that the country would endeavour to obtain concrete security guarantees from the United States during the talks scheduled for January 10 in Geneva.
“Russia and the United States will hold discussions in Geneva on January 10 in the shape of an interagency delegation, according to plans. The Russian team will be led by the country’s deputy foreign minister, and the American group will be led by US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, according to the official schedule “” she explained. “A date has been set for the event. There are no alternate versions available at this time “The representative went on to say
“The discussion of two Russian draughts of fundamental documents submitted by Russia to the United States on December 15 – an agreement between Russia and the United States on security guarantees and an agreement on measures to ensure the security of Russia and the member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – is clearly indicated on the agenda. When we meet, we will work to obtain firm legal guarantees of Russian security from the American side, including the prevention of NATO expansion to the east and the non-deployment of weapon systems that pose a threat to Russia near our country’s borders “The diplomat emphasised the importance of this.
TASS reported on Tuesday that the Russian-American negotiations on security assurances will take place in Geneva on January 10, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. According to him, the Russian-NATO consultations on security assurances will take place in Brussels following the meeting between the representatives of Moscow and Washington, which will take place on November 14.
The Russian Foreign Ministry published the draught agreements between Moscow and Washington on security assurances and steps to ensure the security of Russia and NATO member states on December 17. The draught agreements were signed on December 17 and were published on December 18. These draughts were delivered to Karen Donfried, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, on December 15 for her consideration.