Leonid Slutsky: “The latest statements by the NATO leadership only confirm the urgency of the proposal to start substantive negotiations on security guarantees on the western borders of Russia. Moreover, as President Vladimir Putin pointed out, this is precisely the “legal legal guarantees”.
The post-Soviet history of Russia’s relationship with the collective West has shown that words cannot be trusted. All “gentlemanly” assurances about NATO’s eastward expansion have long been violated. The alliance not only consistently annexed more and more European states of the former socialist bloc, but also began to think about the deployment of nuclear weapons in Eastern Europe. Reckless and extremely dangerous statements by NATO officials can really put the world on the brink of a new confrontation.
Russia comes up with a concrete proposal, absolutely logical and timely. We are waiting for the reaction of the Alliance, but so far the position of its Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is still maintained in the confrontational spirit of the Cold War. “