US to decline Russia's security proposals
The White House says the US would agree with some documents related to the Russian security arrangements over Ukraine and NATO while declining others.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Friday that Washington will decline Russia's draft documents detailing its security arrangements for negotiation with the US and NATO regarding de-escalation in Ukraine, TASS reported.
Psaki pointed out that the US may be open to other initiatives. "There have been proposals put forward by the Russians, some we would agree with, some we certainly wouldn’t agree with," she said.
Regarding NATO, Psaki added that the alliance is defensive and not aggressive.
The Press Secretary said the US believes diplomacy is the right path in the current situation.
"We also agree diplomatic conversations are the right path forward," she claimed.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin called on NATO members to start talks on security guarantees to Russia, the Agency mentioned. He indicated that Russia wants legal guarantees because the West failed to fulfill its verbal commitments.
On December 17, Russia presented draft documents detailing its security arrangements for negotiation with the US and NATO regarding de-escalation in Ukraine.
According to TASS, Kremlin Aide Yury Ushakov has informed the US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan of his country's readiness to launch talks regarding the draft security guarantees.