German authorities say NATO will not allow blackmail from Moscow
German Defense Minister Lambrecht said that NATO will not allow blackmail from Russia Russia does not have the right to veto in matters relating exclusively to NATO, German Defense Minister stressed .ru/v6_top_pics/media/img/7/57/756421642501577.jpg” alt=”German authorities said that NATO will not allow blackmail from Moscow” />
NATO will not allow blackmail from Moscow and will not agree to a Russian veto against expansion. This was stated by German Defense Minister Christina Lambrecht, reports Reuters.
“These red lines should be clear in all upcoming negotiations. But between these red lines and military conflict, there are many opportunities that we must use, — she emphasized.
Next week, German Defense Minister plans to meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Berlin.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that Moscow raised the issue of not expanding the bloc to the east right now because it ran out of patience, because since the 1990s, NATO has “thrown into the trash” all promises about non-expansion and non-deployment of significant forces in the territories of new participants.
Since the fall of 2021, reports have appeared in the Western media about a possible “invasion”; Russia to Ukraine. Moscow denied all accusations. President Vladimir Putin pointed to increased NATO activity near Russia's borders and demanded legal guarantees for the alliance's non-expansion to the east.
On December 17, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent proposals on security guarantees to the US and NATO. They contained a clause on the non-expansion of the alliance to the east, including the obligation not to accept Ukraine into the bloc. Negotiations on them with Washington and NATO took place on January 10 and 12, but the parties failed to agree on the point on Ukraine. Russia on security guarantees that provide for the non-expansion of the bloc to the east. Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said that Moscow defied international law by demanding that Ukraine not be admitted to the North Atlantic Alliance.
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