Deputy of the State Duma Chepa: Russia will defend its line at consultations on security guarantees
Russia will firmly defend its line in consultations with the United States on security guarantees, at the same time compromises are possible. Alexei Chepa, deputy chairman of the State Duma’s international affairs committee, told Izvestia about this.
This is how Chepa appreciated the words of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov that the United States wants to restore the work of the Russia-NATO Council on its own terms, with an emphasis on “de-escalation”, as well as “Russian aggression” in Ukraine. Chepa noted that this is unacceptable for Moscow.
In addition, he said, there is no doubt that the United States will try to advance its line. “The negotiations, of course, will not be easy. Nobody expected them to be simple. It is necessary to move step by step towards progress. Naturally, compromises will appear, ”the State Duma deputy stressed.
At the same time, Chepa noted that the Russian side had repeatedly warned that it did not plan to delay the process of resolving the security issue and conduct long-term negotiations.
On January 10, in Geneva, negotiations between Russia and the United States on security guarantees began in a closed format. The main topic of the consultations will be questions about the non-deployment of medium and short-range missiles near the Russian borders, the rejection of further NATO expansion at the expense of the former Soviet republics and the reduction in the number of military exercises.
On January 9, a meeting was held in Geneva, preceding the official negotiations between the Russian Federation and the United States on security guarantees. It lasted over two hours.