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This Wednesday NATO-Russia dialogue begins on conflicts in Ukraine

Since the United States has led the proposal for this dialogue, the European Union demands more participation.

Cesar Romero
2 min read
This Wednesday NATO-Russia dialogue begins on conflicts in Ukraine
Jens stoltenberg

NATO member countries will meet with Russia on Wednesday to address the issue of the mobilization of troops on the border with Ukraine, where Moscow's huge military deployment has set off alerts about a possible invasion against Kiev.

The meeting will be attended by the 30 allies and the Russian delegation. The meeting will be led by Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, in which the United States will have the intervention of its Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman, and Russia with that of its Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexander Grushko.

To lower military tensions

The NATO-Russia Council on Wednesday is the first step to lower military tensions between Ukraine and its allies with Russia, after a year full of political and diplomatic conflicts with the danger facing Ukraine as the main point.

After Russia mobilized military troops to the border. The meeting aims to follow the Geneva Accords between Washington and Moscow on Monday, which concluded without the parties giving their arm to twist, only agreeing to continue talking.

The United States is the one who leads these contacts, in which it intends to include NATO despite the possible consequences for European security.

Moscow demands security guarantees, emphasizing that it is necessary for NATO and the European Union to have less presence on its territory.

"Any discussion on European security must take place in coordination and with the participation of the EU," replied Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy.

The United States has insisted that no decisions will be made about NATO, Ukraine and the European Union without their presence. It also considers it unfeasible to discuss the ban on Kiev's entry into NATO, as Russia demands.

On the other hand, Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, has stressed the need to reach an agreement with Russia and considered that the meeting was a great step to reduce the crisis on the Ukrainian border. Although expectations are low, he considers it positive that Russia and NATO dialogue.

Volodimir Zelenski, president of Ukraine, has ratified in the last hours that he is willing to make any decision to end the conflict, for which he has called for the Normandy Summit, a quartet made up of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine.

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