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US delivers written reply to Russia on security demands

Antony Blinken

Washington, January 27: In a written reply to the Moscow’s questionnaire, the United States has rejected Russian demands as tensions continue to mount over fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the Washington has sent the written response which was personally  edited by President Biden to Russian security demands that Moscow has called for and used as justification for its massing of more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s border.

US Ambassador to Russia, John Sullivan, delivered the document to Moscow, Blinken said in a briefing with reporters at the State Department.

The contents of the document were not disclosed. Blinken said that President Biden made personal edits and was intimately involved in its drafting.

Russia demanded a withdrawal of NATO forces from Eastern Europe and assurances that Ukraine will never join NATO.

Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US President Joe Biden insisted that only Ukraine and NATO will decide on its future potential membership in the alliance.

Pointing out that US has out rightly rejected Kremlin’s demands to not include former Soviet Union countries including Ukraine into North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) .

‘US reiterates what we said publicly for many weeks and in a sense for many, many years,” rejecting the Kremlin’s demands that North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) close its doors to future applicants, in particular Ukraine and other former Soviet Union countries, and Russian demands  that US should stop engaging militarily with countries globally.

The secretary added that the US is open for diplomatic discussions with Russia on a “reciprocal” basis to address the security concerns in Moscow, but also the concerns for Washington and its allies.

“The document delivered includes concerns of the United States, and our allies and partners about Russia’s actions that undermine security, and pragmatic evaluation of the concerns that Russia has raised, and our own proposals for areas where we may be able to find common ground,” Blinken said.

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