Russia has criticized the rejection of its security demands by the United States and NATO. However, the Kremlin sees room to continue the dialogue about the Ukraine crisis.
The main demand – a guarantee that NATO will not expand further in Eastern Europe – has not been met, and that is unacceptable. In a written response, Washington and the military alliance have indicated that they disagree with the requested guarantee that Ukraine will not be allowed to join NATO. The demand that all Western troops must leave the NATO countries that were once part of the communist Eastern bloc has also been set aside.
However, the Kremlin is not drawing hasty conclusions and will study the response further, according to a spokesperson. He added that it is in the interest of both Moscow and Washington to continue the talks. However, he is not optimistic.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed the hope that a serious dialogue will start, fearing that the fundamental issues will not be addressed. President Vladimir Putin will decide the next steps, said Lavrov, who will have another meeting with his US counterpart Antony Blinken in the coming days. He has emphasized that NATO will always keep the door open for countries that want to join.