US-Russia diplomatic contest and next

Written by The Frontier Post

The US First Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman along with Secretary General NATO, Stoltenberg informed the media about NATO’s doctrine after the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) in Brussels. According to them, a number of Moscow’s key proposals on security guarantees in Europe are unacceptable; NATO will not abandon its open door policy, which has always been central to NATO as a purely defensive alliance. NATO has never expanded through force, coercion or subversion and the decision to join NATO has always been the sovereign choice of countries.

According to Sherman, NATO said each country can choose which alliance to join, and also demanded that the Russian Federation move to de-escalation and work in the diplomatic direction. Sherman said that the meeting ended with a sober challenge from NATO allies to Russia, that respond to the proposals of the NATO Secretary General, Poland, the OSCE chairmanship, France, the EU Presidency, as well as the US President, by reducing tensions, choosing the path of diplomacy, continuing to conduct dialogue on a conscientious and reciprocal basis so that parties can together find solutions that contribute to the strengthening of security for all. According to a US Diplomat, Russia will have to choose between de-escalation and confrontation. Sherman hoped that the Russian side will choose peace and security and will follow the path of diplomacy so both parties can jointly make progress, which includes reciprocal steps to reduce risks, ensure transparency, and improve communication and arms control.

Currently, Russia and the United States and allies are at the brink of a military conflict after Russia deployed massive military troops near the Ukrainian border during recent months. Besides verbal assertions both sides had been involved in provocative military actions near Ukrainian borders, in Crimean Peninsula and the Black Sea while accusing each other of escalation. The US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to resolve the dispute through diplomacy during their recent tele-conversation in early December. Russian Strategists smartly used this opportunity and tried to secure the victory by handing over a wish list to their adversaries containing so-called security guarantees. The senior diplomats and Defense officials of Russia, the United States and NATO met in three separate formats in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna on January 11, 12 and 13 respectively. After mutual consultation and direct dialogues with Russian counterparts, western Diplomats turned down the Russian document containing proposed Security Guarantees and called Russia for de-escalation and choosing diplomacy for resolution of disputes. The Diplomats from NATO nations were of the view that NATO will neither abandon its open door policy nor would halt its operation in Eastern Europe because of their defensive nature. They also perceived Russia’s threat of Ukrainian invasion as unreal, because a weak Ukraine can’t invade powerful Russia. Western Diplomats invited Russia for collective work with NATO to make progress and enhance security for all of them while implementing NATO’s proposed doctrine.

Apparently, Sherman and Stoltenberg had replied Russians in the same coin on the matter of Security Guarantees and tactfully enticed it into the idea of diplomacy and peacekeeping. In fact, Kremlin was never afraid of Kiev but worried about encroachment of its western allies, who gathered to mollify Russia by means of motivational lectures and devious lessons.

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