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NATO denies Russia's demand not to expand

Source : 112 Ukraine

Allies said they would not give up their ability to defend each other, including with a troop presence in the eastern part of the alliance
18:16, 12 January 2022

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NATO allies rejected Russia's demand not to expand as Alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

"Today, Russia presented proposals published in December aimed at addressing its security concerns. They include demands to stop admitting new members to NATO and to withdraw troops from the territory of eastern NATO countries. The allies, for their part, reiterated NATO's open door policy and each country's right to choose its own security mechanisms," Stoltenberg said.

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It is noted that the allies made it clear that they will not give up their ability to protect and defend each other, including with the presence of troops in the eastern part of the Alliance.

As it was reported, the first round of talks between the United States and Russia ended in Geneva on the evening of January 9. The meeting lasted two hours. The second round of dialogue began on January 10 and lasted more than 7.5 hours. The meeting took place at the US Permanent Mission in Geneva. During the consultations, the parties took a break several times.

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Besides, Russia assured the US at talks in Geneva that it has no plans to invade Ukraine and sees no grounds for escalation.

After that, US Deputy State Secretary Wendy Sherman stated that the US will not allow anyone to close the door on any country to NATO.

 

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