Kremlin refuses to accept NATO and EU response to Russia’s demands for security guarantees

Russia cannot accept the response of the European Union and NATO to the letter sent by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about “security proposals”. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that such “collective response” looks like a “coverup.” In addition, Lavrov’s letter was not addressed to Stoltenberg and Borrell, said the press secretary of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

She recalled that Lavrov sent his letter to the foreign ministers of 37 countries- the United States, Canada and European countries, and it was emphasized that Russia expects a “detailed response at the country level.”

“Instead, we got a reply from Jens Stoltenberg and Josep Borrell, whom we have not addressed. Such a step can only be described as a manifestation of diplomatic incivility and disrespect for our request,” Zakharova said.

The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry noted that the OSCE and Russia-NATO documents, which enshrine the principle of indivisibility of security, were signed by the heads and governments of the respective countries.

“Countries participate in a national capacity in the OSCE, and it is in this capacity that they have pledged not to strengthen their security at the expense of the security of others,” she said.

Zakharova stressed that because of this, Russia cannot accept the “collective response” which looks like a “coverup” and expects a “detailed reaction to the question posed by us from each addressee.”