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Russia: Lavrov announces 'negative' US response on security indivisibility 02:04

Russia: Lavrov announces 'negative' US response on security indivisibility

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 1, 2022 at 18:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the US reaction to Russian key demand on the full implementation of security indivisibility agreements as 'negative,' following a telephone conversation with US State Secretary Anthony Blinken on Tuesday.

"The reaction on the key issue which basically prompted us to take initiatives with the United States and the NATO was negative. I am talking about our demands that everybody implements in good faith the security indivisibility agreements reached within the OSCE in 1999 in Istanbul as well as in 2010 in Astana," stated Lavrov.

According to Lavrov, the agreements provided not only freedom to choose alliances but 'conditioned free choice of alliances on the need to avoid steps to strengthen security at the expense of the security of others.'

"I have informed Antony Blinken that we will not allow this topic to be brushed under the carpet. We will insist on honest talks and a genuine explanation of why the West seems not to want to fulfill its obligations - or only to fulfill them to its own advantage," said Lavrov.

In addition, Lavrov said Moscow would end its inter-agency negotiations on the proposals from the United States and NATO on security assurances.

Last month, Russia's Foreign Ministry published draft security proposals between Moscow and Washington on ensuring the security of Russia and NATO member states. Consultations on these issues were held in January in Geneva, Brussels, and Vienna.

Earlier on Wednesday, US Ambassador John Sullivan delivered Washington's written responses to security assurance proposals to Moscow.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the US reaction to Russian key demand on the full implementation of security indivisibility agreements as 'negative,' following a telephone conversation with US State Secretary Anthony Blinken on Tuesday.

"The reaction on the key issue which basically prompted us to take initiatives with the United States and the NATO was negative. I am talking about our demands that everybody implements in good faith the security indivisibility agreements reached within the OSCE in 1999 in Istanbul as well as in 2010 in Astana," stated Lavrov.

According to Lavrov, the agreements provided not only freedom to choose alliances but 'conditioned free choice of alliances on the need to avoid steps to strengthen security at the expense of the security of others.'

"I have informed Antony Blinken that we will not allow this topic to be brushed under the carpet. We will insist on honest talks and a genuine explanation of why the West seems not to want to fulfill its obligations - or only to fulfill them to its own advantage," said Lavrov.

In addition, Lavrov said Moscow would end its inter-agency negotiations on the proposals from the United States and NATO on security assurances.

Last month, Russia's Foreign Ministry published draft security proposals between Moscow and Washington on ensuring the security of Russia and NATO member states. Consultations on these issues were held in January in Geneva, Brussels, and Vienna.

Earlier on Wednesday, US Ambassador John Sullivan delivered Washington's written responses to security assurance proposals to Moscow.