Wednesday, May 18

Stoltenberg answers Putin today. The NATO chief is holding a press conference now.

NATO has responded to Russia’s demand for withdrawal from Eastern Europe.

Jens Stoltenberg is holding a press conference at NATO Headquarters in Brussels now.

(The case is being updated.)

NATO has now responded to Russia, more than a month after the Russians submitted a long list of comprehensive demands to NATO. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is holding a press conference about the answer now.

The United States has also responded

On Wednesday, the United States also delivered a response to Russia. The answer has not been published.

– We will not publish the document, says US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at a press conference on Wednesday night.

He justifies this with the fact that diplomacy should take place in confidence.

– Our response is fully coordinated with Ukraine and our European allies, says Blinken.

– The document we have provided contains our concerns about Russia’s actions. But also our proposals, in areas where we can find common ground. We see opportunities for progress in areas such as nuclear disarmament, says Blinken.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken held a press conference on Wednesday night.

Many Russian demands

On December 17 last year, the Russian government sent a series of demands for a completely new security policy in Europe. The demands were poorly received on the western side.

Russia demanded, among other things, that NATO withdraw all forces from countries that were not members of the alliance before 1997. This applies to a number of Eastern European member countries, but Russia has in recent weeks placed the greatest emphasis on Bulgaria and Romania.

Russia has also demanded that Western countries stop all military support for Ukraine. In addition, the Russian government will have a guarantee that Ukraine can never join NATO.

Both NATO and the United States have rejected the Russian demands.

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