Russia asks NATO not to include Ukraine and Georgia in NATO

Russia asks NATO not to include Ukraine and Georgia in NATO
Russia asks NATO not to include Ukraine and Georgia in NATO

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Russia has demanded that NATO formally cancel its decision issued in 2008 to open the door to the accession of Georgia and Ukraine, stressing that providing guarantees to Moscow to stop the expansion of the military bloc to the east is in the interest of the West.

A statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry also called on the alliance to stop conducting military exercises near Russia’s borders, and indicated that this and other security proposals would be revealed “in the near future.”

The Russian President Vladimir Putin and the American Joe Biden had held this week a virtual summit during which Putin asked for written guarantees not to expand NATO towards the east.

In the past few weeks, Russia has moved about 100,000 soldiers to areas close to the Ukrainian border. Putin did not mention any plans to launch an attack on Ukraine, but stressed that his country has the right to defend its security.

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that the United States should officially close the door for Ukraine and Georgia to join the alliance after receiving a promise to do so in 2008.

“For the fundamental interests of European security, it is necessary to formally disavow the decision of the 2008 NATO summit in Bucharest that ‘Ukraine and Georgia will join NATO’,” she said in the statement.

Moscow added that the alliance, by supporting the aspirations of Ukraine and Georgia, violates the basic principle of all countries affiliated with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe “not to enhance their security at the expense of the security” of other countries.

She said the bloc should also ensure that weapons that threaten Russia’s security are not deployed on the country’s western borders by NATO members or other countries.

Moscow also indicated that it wants a “concrete” response from the alliance regarding a number of previous proposals, including moving military exercises away from the “line of contact” between NATO and Russian forces.

She added that “regular dialogue” between defense officials of Russia, the United States and NATO should resume.

Ukraine’s entry to the alliance was not soon, but the United States is helping to train Ukrainian forces and has allocated more than 2.5 billion dollars to strengthen an army that collapsed in the face of the Russian offensive in 2014.

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