Vladimir Putin discussed with the French president and the German chancellor on Tuesday the demands that Russia presented to NATO and the USA last week, and on the fulfillment of which the Kremlin claims that it depends on the de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine.
According to the Kremlin, Putin and Macron discussed the “problematic situation” caused by Kiev’s “unwillingness to comply” with the Minsk peace agreements of 2015. A new Normandy summit (bringing together Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France) ) on the situation in Donbas (the pro-separatist east of Ukraine) depends on “concrete measures” from Ukraine, Putin told Macron.
According to the Elysee Palace, in a conversation with Putin, the French president also referred to his discussion with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on December 15 at the Eastern Partnership summit.
Other topics discussed by Putin and Macron include the situation in Mali, with the French president calling for “clarification” on the Russian paramilitary group Wagner’s collaboration with the government in Bamako following a military coup.
In a conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the Kremlin also mentioned that Putin had informed him about Moscow’s security proposals in the two draft treaties, adding that the situation in Ukraine had also been discussed.
Moscow unveiled the proposals on Friday, which it has included in two draft treaties, one for the United States and one for NATO. Russia sums up its demands on the West to ease tensions fueled by the massacre of major Russian military forces on the border with Ukraine, which, along with the Americans and Europeans, accuses Moscow of plotting a military offensive.
Russia urges the exclusion of any further NATO enlargement, including to Ukraine, and the cessation of all military and US military activity in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and urges that negotiations on its proposals begin as soon as possible. that he can no longer accept the current situation.
Moscow’s main proposals:
- NATO should not expand and allow Ukraine to join the Alliance
- NATO should no longer deploy additional troops and weapons in countries other than those in which they were in May 1997 (before the accession of Eastern European countries), except in exceptional cases, with the agreement of Russia and NATO members.
- To give up all military activities in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
- Do not deploy medium and short-range nuclear weapons where they can be used to strike the territory on the other side.
- Stop conducting exercises with more than one military brigade in a border area and provide frequent information on military exercises
- To confirm that the two parties do not consider themselves adversaries and agree to resolve all disputes peacefully and without the use of force.
- Undertake not to create conditions that may be perceived as threatening by the other party
- Establish hotlines for quick discussions between the parties
Editor: Adrian Dumitru