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Ukraine rejects any “guarantee” given to Moscow, including on NATO

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Kiev, for whom such a promise is not an option, calls on the United States and its allies to reject the demands formulated by Moscow to ease tensions at the Russian-Ukrainian borders, Dmytro Kouleba told AFP on the sidelines of a meeting of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE) in Stockholm.

: it is Russia which must guarantee that it will not continue its aggression against any country “,” text “:” I reject this idea that we should guarantee anything to Russia. I insist: it is Russia which must guarantee that it will not continue its aggression against any country “}}”>I reject the idea that we should guarantee Russia anything. I insist: it is Russia which must guarantee that it will not continue its aggression against any country, he said.

A commitment by Ukraine to abandon its plan to join theNATO – offered in 2008 by the western alliance, but remained in limbo since – is not an option, said Mr. Kouleba, stressing that membership of theNATO and the European Union is included in the Ukrainian Constitution.

Dmytro Kouleba in parliament in Kiev.

Dmytro Kouleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Photo: Reuters / Valentyn Ogirenko

It is absolutely inappropriate for Russia to have any influence whatsoever over decisions made by another sovereign country, Ukraine, and by an international organization, Ukraine.NATO.

A quote from Dmytro Kouleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Kiev and Washington accuse Moscow of having massed tens of thousands of troops on the border and of carrying out invasion preparations.

During a meeting in Stockholm, the head of Russian diplomacy Sergei Lavrov had asked his American counterpart Antony Blinken on Thursday for security guarantees at the Russian borders.

Moscow calls in particular for a freeze on the progress of theNATO to the east, after much of Eastern Europe had shifted into the alliance following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Dmytro Kouleba called on his Western allies not to make any such agreement with Moscow, warning that Kiev would never recognize them.

: no decision on Ukraine without Ukraine. If anyone, even our closest allies, made a Ukraine-related decision behind our backs, we wouldn’t recognize that decision “,” text “:” We have a golden rule in Ukrainian foreign policy: no decision on Ukraine without Ukraine. If anyone, even our closest allies, made a Ukraine-related decision behind our backs, we wouldn’t recognize that decision “}}”>We have a golden rule in Ukrainian foreign policy: no decision on Ukraine without Ukraine. If anyone, even our closest allies, made a Ukraine-related decision behind our backs, we wouldn’t recognize that decision., said the Ukrainian Foreign Minister.

US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are soon to discuss directly the tensions around Ukraine, seven years after the Russian annexation of Crimea and the takeover of part of eastern Ukraine. former Soviet republic by pro-Russian separatist forces.

Ukraine welcomes this likely summit exchange, according to Kouleba. I do not believe that anything will be decided against the interests of Ukraine.

Take threats seriously

Thursday before the assembly of ministers ofOSCE Thursday in Stockholm, the head of Russian diplomacy had warned against the return of the nightmare scenario of military confrontation, three decades after the end of the Cold War.

It was Russia that resuscitated this nightmare scenario, first in Georgia in 2008, then in Ukraine in 2014., replied Mr. Kouleba Friday. Moscowans “,” text “:” shouldn’t threaten anyone with a nightmare because they already created one seven years ago “}}”>shouldn’t threaten anyone with a nightmare because they already created one seven years ago, he said.

As for the threat of invasion agitated by Kiev, the minister called for it to be taken seriously despite Moscow’s denials.

In 2014, did you think Russia was going to invade? I am from eastern Ukraine. I never imagined a Russian aggression.

A quote from Dmytro Kouleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

For the Ukrainian minister, his country will adhere well one day to theNATO, as well as to the European Union, even though the Kremlin has made it a red line.

NATO and theEU no more. But politically, historically, economically, militarily we belong to Europe and that is the meaning of history “,” text “:” We do not set a timetable, neither NATO nor the EU. But politically, historically, economically, militarily we belong to Europe and that is the meaning of history “}}”>We do not set a timetable, theNATO and theEU no more. But politically, historically, economically, militarily we belong to Europe and this is the meaning of history, said Mr. Kouleba.

Finland, which is also not a member of NATO, but has a option rapid entry into the alliance, on Thursday also rejected Russian interference in the issue of enlargement to the east.

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