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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken revealed a list of diplomatic requests sent to his counterpart in Moscow in response to Russia’s security proposals, describing the document as a “a serious diplomatic path, if Russia chooses itduring a press conference on Wednesday.

However, while he reiterated many of Washington’s talking points regarding the confrontation over Ukraine, he declined to go into detail, arguing that “diplomacy has the best chance of succeeding when we provide space for confidential talks.”


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The senior US diplomat described the document as addressing “basic principlesthat Washington is determined to enforce, such as “The sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the right of states to choose their own security arrangements and alliances.

Other issues covered included “reciprocal transparency measures regarding the position of forces on Ukraine,” “measures to increase confidence in military exercises and maneuvers in Europe” as good as “missile arms control in Europe,” and “a follow-up agreement to the START treaty that covers all nuclear weapons.” Last year, the United States and Russia extended the New START treaty by five years, meaning the final arms reduction agreement between the two nations will expire in February 2026.

Blinken insisted that the United States was “open to dialogue“and would be”prefer diplomacy” – but only “if Russia defuses its aggression against Ukraineand stop what he called “inflammatory rhetoric.” He explained that NATO had developed and delivered its own document while insisting that the alliance document fully reinforced that of the United States and that there was “no daylightbetween the country and the transcontinental alliance it controls.

Despite the diplomacy-centric rhetoric, however, the secretary of state boasted that the United States had supplied more weapons to Ukraine in 2022 than any previous year, while allowing its allies to NATO to transfer their own weapons to the Eastern European nation allegedly in peril. . The United States and NATO have also moved or activated thousands of troops and other military assets to the region in case they insist on an almost inevitable invasion by Russia.

Blinken met with Russian FM Sergei Lavrov last week to discuss the full list of security guarantees provided by Moscow last month, but the State Department struck a confrontational pose on Monday, announcing it would make none. “concessionsto Russia which did not benefit either nation. A particular sticking point has been Russia’s insistence that NATO halt its eastward expansion, a reassurance that Washington has so far refused to heed.

The US Secretary of State added that he expects to speak with his Russian counterpart again”in the coming days.

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