Updates: 07.01.2022 17:53
Brussels – The countries of the North Atlantic Alliance are united in a meaningful dialogue with Russia, but they are not willing to compromise on their basic principles, according to which Ukraine has the right to decide on its membership in NATO. The alliance’s foreign ministers agreed on a common position ahead of talks with Moscow scheduled for next week. According to the head of the bloc, Jens Stoltenberg, the representatives of the governments of thirty NATO countries also agreed that the alliance has the right to place weapons in all member states.
Ukraine fears that tens of thousands of Russian troops and a lot of heavy equipment are ready at the Russian border to invade Ukrainian territory. Moscow has offered the West to ease tensions if NATO renounces its post-Soviet enlargement and does not place weapons on its eastern member countries. However, ministers agreed today that Russia’s demands could not be the basis for negotiations.
“NATO cannot compromise on the rights of all nations to choose their allies,” Stoltenberg said after more than two hours of ministerial talks. According to him, Moscow’s request not to place weapons is also inadmissible, because some states would become “secondary allies” that the alliance could not effectively defend.
This requirement applies to post-communist countries, including the Czech Republic, which was represented at the meeting for the first time by the new Foreign Minister, Jan Lipavský. “The unity of the alliance is our decisive advantage,” the pirate politician said after the talks, stressing that the Czechia, like other countries, does not consider Russian conditions as the basis for negotiations.
The Alliance’s ambassadors will meet with a representative of Moscow next Wednesday, when the NATO-Russia Council will meet after more than two years. Negotiations between the United States and Russia will take place on Monday.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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