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NATO assures that they will not stop their expansion at the request of Russia

Cesar Romero
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NATO assures that they will not stop their expansion at the request of Russia
Meeting of NATO, Russia and the United States

The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, affirms that there are great differences between Russia, NATO and their allies, and also assures that these are crucial days for European and world security.

At the end of the first meeting with Russia in two years, Stoltenberg made statements to the press; and in them, he mentioned that the approach that is being made is quite dangerous, he also stated that Russia was only concerned that countries like Sweden and Finland want to be part of the alliance.

Stoltenberg affirms that NATO and its allies are prepared to face an armed conflict, assuring that it is a defining moment for security in Europe.

He also assured that Russia wants to go back to the past in the fall of the Soviet Union, where he saw all the countries that had rapprochement with the West as enemies.

At Wednesday's meeting, which was chaired by Stoltenberg, the Russian delegation was attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko, and Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State, was present for the United States.

I would continue the dialogue

NATO proposed to Russia to continue with the negotiations, presenting a schedule of meetings, to work out the security emergency in Europe, after the huge Russian military movement has triggered alerts about a possible hostility against Ukraine.

Russia kicked off this period of dialogue with a meeting Monday in Geneva with US delegates. But earlier, US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a nearly three-hour phone conversation.

Biden warned him about his preparations to attack Ukraine and Putin demanded that Ukraine not be allowed to join the Atlantic Alliance. In his annual public statement, Putin demanded that the United States put soldiers on his border, referring to its support for Ukraine.

Stoltenberg highlighted arms control, the restriction of missiles and measures to reduce hostility in military exercises, among different topics, he also raised the possibility of issues to explore with Russia in the future.

Likewise, he reaffirmed the reopening of the NATO office in Russia and of the Russian designation before the Atlantic Alliance, this to increase trust and transparency in the dialogue process.