The discussion of security guarantees should begin with the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine's borders. Olha Stefanishyna, Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration, announced this during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels.
“We must understand that Russian demands on the allies cannot be taken into account as a negotiating position. The aggressor is not in a position to put forward conditions while Russian tanks are on the border with Ukraine,” she said.
Stefanishyna believes that Russia is trying to change the focus of the conversation through threats, without taking any steps towards a peaceful settlement within the framework of the Minsk and Normandy formats, and is also promoting its agenda instead of returning to the negotiating table.
“Therefore, I repeat, the discussion of security guarantees should begin with the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Ukraine. In fact, Russia today demands unconditional surrender, which undermines the basic principles of the functioning of democratic countries and NATO,” she added.
The US will hold talks with Russia on nuclear weapons and Ukraine on January 10.
According to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the Kremlin has realistic expectations from the talks, since, in his opinion, the United States and NATO will try to slow down this process.
He noted that Moscow wants to “reach an agreement dynamically, without pauses,” however, in his words, “to assume progress, the more rapid … is naive.”