The Washington Post writes that the US authorities have asked Moscow not to disclose Washington's official response to security guarantees. At the same time, the State Department is considering a scenario for Russia to release the document. The response will include US proposals demonstrating its readiness to continue the dialogue.
It is clarified that the US response does not affect the guarantees of NATO's non-enlargement to the east.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called Minister Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba results of talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and representatives of European countries. This is stated in a statement from the Foreign Ministry.
According to Blinken, Russia rejects allegations of an aggressive attitude towards Ukraine. He promised that in the event of an invasion, Moscow would react quickly and harshly.
The US Secretary of State assured Kulebu that Washington did not intend to make any decisions regarding Ukraine without the participation of Kiev.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said it was impossible to discuss the situation in Ukraine without Ukraine, but allowed to discuss Belarus's problems without its representatives. This was stated by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova in her channel Telegram.
The diplomat gave other examples. In particular, she wondered if it was possible to count Venezuelan money without the Venezuelan government, to distribute Russian gas without Russia's participation. In addition, no one invites the G7 to discuss the problems of other states. “The partners are confused by the values,” said a representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry. .
White House press secretary Jen Psaki answered the briefing when asked by reporters how likely it was that US President Joe Biden would hold a new meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken noted after talks with Russian Secretary of State Sergei Lavrov that Biden is ready for such a possible meeting.
“The president always appreciates leadership interaction,” Psaki said.
< At the same time, she emphasized that the administration had yet to decide whether such a further step was appropriate. when such a meeting will take place or whether it will take place at all.
For now, Joe Biden said, Minister Binken would hear about his conversation with Sergei Lavrov in Geneva. And then Blinken and Lavrov are expected to have another meeting.
The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to the request for “The Foreign Ministry rejects the Russian Foreign Ministry's inappropriate and unsubstantiated statements about the Allied military presence on NATO's eastern flank,” the Romanian Foreign Ministry agreed. NATO's presence in various countries is the result of decisions taken by the leaders of these states, it is due to a defensive response to Russia's growing aggressive behavior, said Romanian representatives. They added that they welcomed the statements by the United States and France about plans to deploy troops in Romania to protect the Allies. The Romanian side has also expressed hope that negotiations between Russia and the West will lead to a de-escalation of the situation.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has previously called for the withdrawal of NATO forces from Bulgaria and Romania. This follows from one of Russia's proposals for security guarantees.
As mentioned, we are talking about the withdrawal of foreign forces, equipment and weapons from countries that were not members of the North Atlantic Alliance in 1997.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told a news conference in Geneva after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that he had warned against Moscow's choice between negotiations and war.
“Russia is facing a choice – negotiations or conflict, Blinken said. He added that the United States is ready for both options.
Blinken also warned Lavrov that “crossing the Ukrainian border with Russian troops would be considered an invasion and would require a response.”
He generally noted that today's discussion with Lavrov was not “non-negotiating, but sincere. exchange of ideas. The minister said that he had presented a number of security ideas to the Russian minister and assured them that they were all based on the principle of reciprocity. He also stressed that the Allies are ready to work to address Russia's security concerns.
Recall that the Kremlin has repeatedly denied statements by Western officials that Russia is preparing an attack on Ukraine. Sergei Lavrov stressed at a press conference today that “Russia has never threatened the Ukrainian people.”
St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov explained numerous complaints to garbage and snow collapsing in the city with attempts to “discredit the authorities”. He believes the complaints were paid by some “rich and influential people.”
The competent authorities are doing so. What should the governor do? Say, guys, everything, did I pass? They will not wait. I have come to pay my debts to the city and two things will not stick to me – I am not a coward and do not take it on my own, he says in his words “Rise”.
Beglov also noted that the reforms are considered right by the governments, he promised to finish them. Earlier, residents complained about the “waste reform”, which began on January 1 due to a failure to dispose of waste.
Beglov said that the reforms were not afraid and could not be frightened. He also said that existing bugs would be fixed.
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Meanwhile, the most ordinary inhabitants of St. Petersburg are complaining about the collapse, including our correspondent in the city on the Neva, who had to transport the pensioners with virgin snow and ice. Cord made a clip about “Begl's Spatula” against the backdrop of snowdrifts and garbage dumps, and social networks are full of pictures of the untidy streets of St. Petersburg.
Dmitry Peskov said this journalists that he is still not ready to talk about the relevance of the Communist Party initiative of the Russian Federation, which called on the Russian authorities to recognize and comment on the DLR and LPR.
State Duma President Vyacheslav Volodin previously said that The Duma chairman stressed that he considered it necessary to find solutions that could ensure the security of Russian citizens.
and compatriots living in the DNR and LNR. “One thing is clear: solutions need to be sought to ensure the security of our citizens and compatriots in the DLR and LLR,” Volodin said.
decision on the need for such action, MEPs have not yet taken any step.
Peskov advised the authors of the initiative not to “try to gain political points on the thin and fragile issue we are talking about.”
” Now that the situation is so tense and sensitive, it is important to avoid any steps that could lead to an increase in this tension, “said a Kremlin spokesman.” steps ’.
Natalia Poklonskaya, who has resigned as Russian Ambassador to Cape Verde, may take the position of Deputy Head of Rossotrudničstvo. An informed source informed about it. She herself said that it was premature to comment on the new appointment.
The issue is now being discussed, “said a spokesman for the agency.
He refused to talk in detail about the possible appointment of a former prosecutor of Crimea.
” I am ready to work with pleasure in any position where I will be useful to my the country and our leadership, “Poklonskaya said.” She said before that she had declined the post of ambassador for personal reasons. Political scientist Maxim Žarov indicated that it was a threat to her security. A citizen of the country had previously been extradited from Cape Verde at the request of the Venezuelan authorities. Ukraine could ask for the extradition of Poklonskaya and get its way.