Finnish President considers Russia’s demands on NATO contrary to order

President of Finland Niinistö: Russia’s demands on NATO worries Europe The demands of Russia on NATO and the United States for security are incompatible with the existing order of ensuring European security, Niinistö said. According to him, the principle of full equality of states must be observed by all

Sauli Niinistö

Russia's demand for security guarantees from the US and NATO worries Europe, this contradicts the established order of ensuring European security. This was stated by the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö in the New Year's address to the residents of the country.

Earlier, in December, Russia asked the United States and NATO to provide written and legally binding guarantees not to expand the North Atlantic Alliance to the east and not to deploy weapons near Russian borders.

“ The December ultimatum to Russia worries Europe. It is incompatible with the established order of ensuring European security. The past has no place in the 2020s. Full equality of all states & mdash; a fundamental principle that must be followed by everyone ', & mdash; said the president.

According to Niinistö, after the meeting of the leaders of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joseph Biden in Geneva last summer, Europe, which remained an “ observer '', had hope of starting a dialogue between the two countries. p>

According to him, the only ways to resolve differences are restraint, responsibility and dialogue.

The Finnish President said that the situation around European security is rapidly heating up. “ The conflict on the borders of Ukraine is on the verge of aggravation. & lt; … & gt; The situation changed rapidly. Until last summer, prior to Biden's trip to Europe, concern seemed to be centered mainly around China, '' & mdash; added Niinistö.

Vladimir Putin announced Russia's demand for security guarantees from NATO and the United States in early December. In particular, the Russian side proposed not to admit the former republics of the USSR into NATO, but to sign an agreement with the United States on renouncing the deployment of nuclear weapons outside national territories.

In response, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance would not agree to compromise on Ukraine's accession. The US replied that they were preparing their proposals on security and confirmed that the first part of the talks on the issue raised by Putin would take place on January 10, Russia will be represented by First Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, and the American – & mdash; First Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.

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