Russia’s Ukraine Crisis: U.S. rejects request to ban Ukraine from joining NATO

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blincoln said ‘either way is ready’

The U.S. has rejected a request from Russia to ban Ukraine from joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) amid growing fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blincoln has so far provided a formal response to Russia’s demands for a resolution to the Ukraine crisis.

Secretary Blincoln made no concessions, and said to Russia that “we are offering a serious diplomatic avenue, and it is up to Russia to choose it.”

The Russian side said it would discuss internally about Blincoln’s response. Blincoln’s remarks were discussed with NATO.

Russia has presented a security guarantee that lists requirements for NATO’s expansion and related security issues.

The security guarantees also include rules to rule out the possibility of Ukraine and other countries joining NATO allies.

In recent weeks, Russia has mobilized large numbers of troops along the Ukrainian border. The West saw this as a readiness for an invasion of Ukraine, but Russia denied the allegations.

Secretary Blincoln said in his reply that he had clarified America’s “core principles.” Ukraine is a sovereign state and has the right to decide to participate in security alliances such as NATO.

“There is no question how serious we are with our diplomatic goals,” Blincoln said. acting,” he said.

“Now it’s the Russian choice,” Blincoln added. “We’re ready either way.”

Secretary Blincoln said this week that the United States delivered three deliveries of military aid, including javelin missiles and anti-armor weapons, and hundreds of tons of ammunition and equipment.

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Secretary of State Blincoln has denied allegations of disagreements or differences of opinion between the United States and its European allies. The minister said NATO had prepared its own proposal, which “completely reinforces the US proposal, and vice versa.”

However, the US proposal will not be made public.

“If we hold a secret meeting, there is a great chance that we can achieve diplomatic results,” Blincoln said.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said it had delivered to Russia a document containing NATO’s proposals. He added that he would listen to Russia’s concerns, but said that all countries had the right to choose their own security measures.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on the 26th (local time) that Stoltenberg “has lost a sense of reality” about NATO’s expansion of influence to the Russian border.

“I have long rejected the views of Secretary-General Stoltenberg,” Lavrov said at a press conference broadcast live via social media in the Russian parliament.

Separately, diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany reaffirmed their commitment to upholding a long-distance armistice. At the time of the signing of the agreement, Russian-backed rebels occupied the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

In a statement released by the French government, the four countries said they would continue their ceasefire efforts “without differences of opinion on other matters” under the Minsk Agreement signed in 2015.

Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of the Russian presidential administrative office, said the eight-hour four-party talks in Paris, France, were “not simple”.

The four countries are expected to meet again in Berlin, Germany in two weeks.



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