Russia will continue to hold security dialogues with the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization from the 10th. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on the 9th that the signals sent by the United States and NATO in the past few days are “disappointing” and that Russia will “not make any concessions” in the face of pressure and threats.
Much Russian media quoted Ryabkov as saying that Russia’s expectations for security dialogue are “pragmatic”. According to the signals received from the United States and NATO in recent days, “I think the idea that (dialogue) will make progress is naive. Not to mention rapid progress.”
Ryabukov emphasized that the dialogue between Russia and the United States and NATO “is not to beg for anything,” and Russia “will not make any compromises under pressure and threats.”
He warned that if the Russian side’s request is ignored, the security dialogue may even come to an abrupt end after a meeting. “I don’t rule out any possibility, it’s possible,” he said, “Americans don’t have illusions.”
On January 10, Russia and the United States will hold a security dialogue in Geneva, Switzerland. On the 12th, Russia and NATO will hold a dialogue in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. On the 13th, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe will have a dialogue in Vienna, the capital of Austria.
The dialogue mainly revolved around the situation in Ukraine and other topics. Recently, relations between Russia and the United States and other Western countries have continued to be strained due to the Ukraine issue. The United States and Ukraine continue to exaggerate the threat of Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine, while Russia emphasizes that the situation continues to deteriorate because NATO continues to squeeze Russia’s security space.
US Secretary of State Anthony Brinken said in an interview with the media in Washington on the 7th that the United States and its allies are willing to listen to the reasonable concerns of Russia and try to resolve them, provided that Russia also has to make concessions. He claimed that many of the requirements made by the Russian side could not be fulfilled at all and that the Russian side “knows well” of this.
The Russian side previously proposed that the United States and NATO should provide legal guarantees to rule out the possibility of NATO’s eastward expansion. It also requires the United States not to establish military bases on the territory of the former Soviet republics that are not members of NATO, develop military cooperation with these countries, and NATO promises not to Bring Ukraine and other countries into NATO and so on.
NATO member states held a meeting of foreign ministers on the 7th to coordinate their positions on Russia and reiterated that they would not accept Russia’s request for NATO’s no longer eastward expansion. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on the same day that Russia has no say in who can join NATO.
On September 30, 2021, local time, Geneva, Switzerland, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov and US Deputy Secretary of State Sherman held the second round of the Russia-US Strategic Stability Dialogue.
Ryabukov is the representative of Russia participating in the US-Russia Security Affairs Dialogue, and the US representative is Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman. The US State Department previously said that the two will have a working meal together on the evening of the 9th.