EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Joseph Borrell has discussed preparations for a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council scheduled for January 12 with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
The statement came from the EU Foreign Ministry.
Borrell stressed that any discussion of security in Europe must be based on the commitments and tasks set within the OSCE and the UN.
It should be noted that the Russian side has submitted a number of proposals to the United States and NATO. The document contains proposals to provide legal guarantees to Russia that NATO will not expand to the east, that the alliance will not deploy military infrastructure in the territory of post-Soviet countries and that post-Soviet countries will not be involved in the organization.
Russia and the United States are scheduled to hold talks in Geneva on January 10. The Russian delegation will be led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, and the US delegation will be led by First Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.
Russia’s proposals are expected to be discussed at a special meeting of the Russia-NATO Council in Brussels on January 12 and at an OSCE meeting in Vienna on January 13.