MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. Moscow will take into account the views expressed by US President Joe Biden in a phone call with Russian leader Vladimir Putin when working on a reaction to the US and NATO response to his proposals on security guarantees. security, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov told reporters on Saturday.
“The two presidents agreed that Moscow will carefully consider the views expressed by Biden and, if possible, take them into account when developing a reaction to the documents on the positions of the United States and NATO,” he said. he pointed out.
Putin said during the phone call that Russia had almost completed “inter-agency consultations <...> about possible steps and an announcement will be made in the near future,” Ushakov said. “We will soon inform our partners and the public about our reaction,” he added.
According to him, Putin referred to the history of relations between the United States, NATO and Russia, pointing out that “during the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the United States were clearly adversaries, but in the 1990s , for example, we seemed to be friends, even then the policy that the United States and NATO pursued towards Russia was far from constructive.”
The Kremlin aide noted that “it was at this time that practical measures to expand NATO’s scope of activity began, it was at this time that new countries gained membership and the alliance has moved closer to the borders of Russia”. “Later, in the 2000s, the security situation in the Euro-Atlantic area deteriorated significantly and it was about the security of our country,” Ushakov stressed.
On December 17, 2021, the Russian Foreign Ministry published draft agreements on the security guarantees that Moscow expects to receive from Washington and NATO. The two agreements – one with the United States and the other with the Western-led bloc – notably oblige NATO to stop its eastward expansion, namely to abandon plans for NATO membership. Ukraine and to consider restrictions on the deployment of serious offensive weapons, including nuclear ones. . The United States and NATO delivered their written responses to Russia’s security proposals to Moscow on January 26, 2022. Washington had asked Moscow not to make the documents public, but US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced their major provisions. According to their statements, the West refused to grant Russia the concessions it considered crucial, but defined areas for further discussions.
Earlier Saturday, Putin had a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron.