On Wednesday, Antony Blinken, the U.S. State Secretary, said that America a document to Russia that lays out a ‘serious diplomatic way forward’ should Moscow decide against invading the East European country. The document contents were shared with NATO partners, and the U.S. President was intimately involved with its crafting, according to Blinken.
John Sullivan, the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, delivered the written responses from Washington. NATO also separately transmitted to Moscow its own responses regarding the security of Europe, described by officials as a few pages in length.
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During a news Briefing, Antony Blinken told reporters that the document they’ve handed over includes concerns of America and their allies about Moscow’s moves that undermine security – a moral and sensible assessment of the worries that Moscow has raised and their own offers for regions where they might be capable of discovering common ground.
The U.S. State Secretary said that they’d addressed the likelihood of reciprocal transparency actions regarding force posture in the former Soviet Republic, as well as actions to build confidence regarding military drills in Europe. He added they’re well-focused to bolster Ukraine’s defenses and make an immediate united response to additional Russian hostility.
Moscow’s Request Can’t be Accommodated
Furthermore, Mr. Blinken said the document sets forth areas and ideas of how Moscow and D.C. can make effort to advance joint security interests. Right now, the “written response” is with them and the ball is in their court. He added that whether they select the pathway of diplomacy and negotiation or whether they choose to renew hostility against once Soviet Republic. They’re ready either way. According to the State Secretary, America won’t openly release the document in order to offer space for confidential bilateral discussions.
For months, the West has observed as Mr. Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, has directed over one hundred thousand troops with advanced apparatus to areas along the border with Ukraine. Moreover, the Moscow Kremlin has denied that the forces stationing is a buildup to an attack and has instead categorized the drive as a military drill. Meanwhile, Russian officials have frequently called on America to avoid an eastward development of the North Atlantic military alliance.
Additionally, Moscow has asked that America shall not set up military stations in the territories of any post-Soviet states that aren’t already NATO members, or use their infrastructure for any military operations or progress bilateral military collaboration with them. Previously, America and North Atlantic Alliance have said that Moscow’s request can’t be accommodated.