Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov revealed that Washington will accept the results of the meeting in Geneva.
Lavrov added that the prospects for continuing negotiations with the United States depend on how Washington and Brussels perceive Russia’s proposals, including not to expand NATO.
According to Lavrov’s statements, there are three legal guarantees related to the non-expansion of NATO to the east, the non-deployment of offensive weapons in the territories neighboring Russia, and the return of the European security structure to the formation of 1997, when it was signed between Russia and NATO.
Lavrov also added that the United States promised to provide “in written form”, next week, its response to the security guarantees proposed by Russia, while the Secretary-General of NATO promised to respond within a week.
We promised the Americans that they would try, but we told them they had to try hard, and present their proposals next week, Lavrov said. Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary General, said on behalf of NATO that he would draft the response on paper. I think that also will be in about a week, after which I and the Minister of Defense will report to the Russian President.”
On Wednesday, a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council was held in Brussels. The meeting followed talks on security guarantees between Russia and the United States, which were held on January 9-10 in Geneva. After the meeting of the Russia-NATO Council, consultations will take place today, Thursday, at the headquarters of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna.