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Russia demands to exclude Ukraine's accession to NATO

Source : 112 Ukraine

Moscow has demanded the withdrawal of the 2008 decision to add Ukraine to the Alliance
16:14, 17 December 2021

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The document on security guarantees, which Russia handed over to the United States, proposes to exclude Ukraine's accession to NATO. The relevant document is published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Thus, Russia demands not to expand NATO forces to Eastern European countries, as well as to refuse to admit to the Alliance the countries that were members of the USSR.

"The United States is committed to excluding further NATO enlargement to the east and to refusing to admit former Allies to the Alliance," the statement reads.

As Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in a comment to Interfax, Russia demands revocation of the decision of the 2008 NATO summit in Bucharest that Ukraine and Georgia will become members of NATO.

"The West is not ready for that. Therefore, in our proposals, which are formulated thoroughly, we have comprehensively posed to the United States, first of all, also to their allies, a number of issues that require an urgent solution," Ryabkov said.

In addition, in the agreement Moscow requires that America does not establish military bases in post-Soviet states.

As it was reported, Russia handed over to the United States a draft agreement on security guarantees and agreements on security measures for Russia and NATO countries.

In the document, Russia proposed to enshrine the principle of the impossibility of resolving nuclear war.

Moscow also offers Washington and its allies to renounce military activity on the territory of Ukraine, as well as other countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

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