Russia – Nato Pirouettes

Negotiations on missile limits should not take place in public, says Stoltenberg

BRUSSELS, January 13./TASS/. Concrete possibilities for limits on the missiles of Russia and NATO should not be discussed publicly, since this will undermine the chances for success, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference in Brussels on Thursday.

“And we can engage in talks, re-establishing some kind of limits, different types of limits on missiles as long as this is reciprocal, balanced and verifiable. Exactly the numbers, exactly the scale and the scope and how we do that, I think that’s the kind of diplomatic negotiations that should not take place in public that will only undermine the possibility for a successful outcome,” Stoltenberg stressed.

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Russia may assign Navy to take certain measures if provoked by US — MFA

MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. Russia may assign its Navy to take certain measures to confront any future US provocations or continued US military pressure, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Thursday in an interview to RTVI.

When asked if Russia considers deploying its military in such countries as Venezuela or Cuba, Ryabkov said that, “I don’t want to confirm anything, but I won’t rule anything out either.”

“It’s the American style to have several options for its foreign and military policy,” he said. “That’s the cornerstone of that country’s powerful influence in the world.”

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NATO to accept Sweden, Finland very quickly if they decide to join alliance — Stoltenberg

RUSSELS, January 13. /TASS/. The accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO can go very quickly if these countries decide to apply, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the press conference in Brussels on Thursday.

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“Finland and Sweden are very close partners. They are enhanced opportunity partners. We have worked together with them, we have exercised together with them, we have trained together with them. They meet NATO standards in most areas. They have very well organized and well governed defence and security institutions. So in many ways, of course, they are very close to NATO in all aspects. So in that sense, this can go very quickly if they decide to apply. But at the end of the day, this will be a political decision that has to be taken in Sweden and in Finland if they want to apply. And I think that it is a political decision among the 30 Allies,” he said.

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Russia & US have already agreed on Ukrainian membership of NATO – MP

Jan 11, 2021

Kiev’s long-term lobbying campaign to join NATO is doomed to fail because the US has already decided to block its membership, a Ukrainian lawmaker has claimed ahead of negotiations between Russia and the military bloc this week.

Speaking to TV channel Nash on Monday, Nestor Shufrich, an elected representative from the largest non-government party in the country’s parliament, Opposition Platform – For Life, said that he “had an opportunity to communicate with the direct leadership of two European countries and with people close to the authorities of another state that is a member of the G7.”

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Russia says ‘no grounds’ for further talks on security amid heightened tensions

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Russia & NATO fail to find common ground – Moscow

Jan 12, 2021

The US-led NATO military bloc has reverted to full Cold War strategy of “containment” towards Russia and seeks “full spectrum dominance,” Moscow’s Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told reporters on Wednesday.

The diplomat added that Moscow believes NATO’s behavior is creating a “unacceptable” threat to Russia that it will have to counter.

Grushko also alleged that the bloc is responsible for ending any and all cooperation with Russia on key common security issues such as the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and piracy. He called out the US over the “collapse” of the arms control agreements, bringing up Washington’s exit from the INF and Open Skies treaties and dragging its feet on extending New START.

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