The Russians Have Their Ultimatum

The United States and NATO, the Western security coalition, sent separate written responses to Russia’s security requests.

This is part of ongoing diplomatic attempts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The Talks Have Broken Down

In December 2021, Russia requested that NATO never admit Ukraine or other former Soviet republics as members, as well as that NATO countries reduce troop movements in Central and Eastern Europe.

Moscow also dispatched an estimated 100,000 soldiers, along with tanks and other powerful armaments, to Ukraine’s northeastern border, but denies it is plotting an attack.

Although the United States and its NATO partners dismissed Russia’s demands, they made a number of offers and are seeking talks with Moscow.

Special Envoy to the Russian State John Sullivan personally presented the Biden administration’s written answer to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow, Blinken told a news conference House on Wednesday.

He believes the solutions put out by the US can meet Russia’s worries, while also strengthening NATO member countries’ security.

The Biden government outlined the main concepts it is dedicated to protecting in the document given to Moscow. This includes “Ukraine’s territorial integrity, as well as the ability of states to use their own security procedures and alliances,” according to Blinken.

“We’ve discussed the idea of reciprocated transparency measures about Ukraine’s force posture, as well as measures to boost trust in European military exercises and maneuvers,” Blinken added.

“We also discuss other areas where we see an opportunity for development, such as missile defense in Europe, our interests in a follow-on accord to the New START treaty that includes all atomic arms, and methods to improve openness and stability,” he added.

The United States, as well as Russia, are both limited to an identical number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads and the missiles that carry them under the New START Agreement.

The US reaction to Moscow, according to Blinken, was “completely synchronized with Ukraine, including our European allies in the region.”

We are waiting for the Russians to Respond

“After Moscow has had an opportunity to study the report and is ready to discuss next measures,” Blinken added, “I anticipate to speak with [Russian] Foreign Minister Lavrov in the days ahead.”

“When it comes to negotiation, there should be no misunderstanding about our sincerity of intent. We’re operating with equal intensity and force to boost Ukraine’s defenses and plan a rapid, coordinated response to additional Russian aggression.”

NATO Director General Jens Stoltenberg indicated in an online conference shortly after Blinken’s press appearance that the alliance sent a different response to Russia.

NATO-Russia ties, European stability, risk mitigation, openness, and arms control are the five primary areas wherein NATO sees space for improvement, according to Stoltenberg.

He urged Moscow and the 30-member coalition to re-establish communication and diplomatic links in order to enhance relations and avoid military mishaps or accidents.

He also stated NATO is willing to have a “serious talk” with Moscow about “how to protect and reinforce the core tenets of European security.”