Russia says NATO must leave Eastern Europe

19:24, 17 December 2021
Russia says NATO must leave Eastern Europe

The Russian Federation said that among the guarantees it wants to receive from the West in order to stem the crisis at the border with Ukraine is NATO getting out of Eastern Europe and not increasing its activity in post-Soviet countries.

It has also demanded that NATO must not include Ukraine into its member states.

This comes as the West is preparing sanctions against Russia as it expects Moscow to launch an invasion into Ukraine in the near future.

Russia has continuously denied that such a plan is developed.

This is the first time such a detailed plan of requirements and guarantees is provided from Russia.

"The line pursued by the United States and NATO over recent years to aggressively escalate the security situation is absolutely unacceptable and extremely dangerous," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in a statement.

"Washington and its NATO allies should immediately stop regular hostile actions against our country, including unscheduled exercises ... and manoeuvres of military ships and planes, and stop the military development of Ukrainian territory," he added.

He asked the US to present a detailed response to the list adding that the time has come to finally solve the crisis.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the US received the list and is currently studying it in detail.

Among other requirements is not setting nuclear weapons outside the countries’ national territories.