Wednesday’s talks at the Elysee Palace lasted eight and a half hours, according to TASS. According to Kozak, the main benefit of the Paris talks was the fact that “despite all the disagreements in interpretations, we agreed that the ceasefire (in eastern Ukraine) must be complied with by all parties in accordance with the agreements.” As Kozak continued, the announced talks in Berlin will take place again at the level of diplomatic envoys. The summit of the leaders of the savings states is not yet being considered, he added.
“We had a difficult but perhaps first direct conversation about all the issues related to the implementation of the Minsk agreements,” Kozak said after the talks. He stressed that the pro-Russian separatist areas in eastern Ukraine and the increased tensions along the Russian-Ukrainian border are “two separate issues”.
The United States has not made any concessions
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken previously said that the United States had not made any concessions to Russia’s major demands on Ukraine and NATO. The head of American diplomacy said this after receiving a written response from Washington to the draft security guarantees that Russia is demanding in connection with the situation in Ukraine.
More than a month ago, Moscow called on the United States and NATO for comprehensive security guarantees, including that the Alliance would not expand to Ukraine or other post-Soviet states and that it would not amass its forces in Central and Eastern Europe.
The letter opens the door to negotiations
According to Blinken, the letter, which was drawn up as part of a coordinated response between the transatlantic allies and partners in response to the build-up of Russian troops on Ukraine’s borders, also concerned confidence-building measures in connection with military exercises and maneuvers in Europe. According to Blinken, the letter opens the door to progress between NATO allies and Russia on arms control on strategic weapons and nuclear warheads located in Europe.
Canada is extending its training mission to Ukraine by three years
Canada is extending its military training mission to Ukraine by three years, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday. According to AP Trudeau, he also said that he had ordered the army to deploy another 60 soldiers to the mission, who would join their 200 colleagues providing training to the Ukrainians. The Canadian government plans to increase the mission to 400.
“This is not a combat mission, this is a training mission. The Canadian military will advise and assist there. We will continue training. In the event of a Russian invasion or an invasion of Ukraine, we will ensure that the Canadian army remains safe.” Trudeau said.
The Canadian mission is designed to support Ukrainian forces
According to him, this mission also includes the provision of non-lethal equipment, the sharing of intelligence and support in the fight against cyber attacks. The Canadian mission is designed to support Ukrainian forces so that the country can defend its sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, the Canadian prime minister said.
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Bucharest is negotiating with Washington and Paris on ways to increase troops in Romania
Bucharest is negotiating with Washington and Paris on ways to increase the number of French and American troops in Romania. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said this on Wednesday, Reuters reports. “I keep saying that we are ready to allow NATO allies to increase their military presence on our territory,“ said Iohannis. He added that “Romania is in contact with both allies in order to create concrete ways to achieve this”.
Diplomatic talks are the key to de-escalating tensions
Iohannis’s words came after a meeting of the Romanian Supreme Council for National Security (CSAT), which dealt with security issues in connection with the accumulation of Russian troops at the Ukrainian border. According to the Romanian president, diplomatic talks are the key to de-escalating tensions. He added that CSAT on Wednesday assessed the potential impact of the conflict on businesses and the energy and banking sectors. The topic was also the possible influx of refugees from Ukraine, with which Romania shares a 600-kilometer border.
According to Reuters, there is a NATO multinational force of almost 4,000 troops in Romania. However, the US has its bases in Romania and Bulgaria on separate bases. “The current crisis once again proves that consolidating the Allied presence on the Eastern Wing, including our country, is very important. “ concluded Iohannis.
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There must be no war, Medvedev said
The process of negotiating security guarantees is the only way to resolve the current situation, said Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. TASS news agency reported on Thursday. “Under no circumstances should there be a war, no one wants a war, and everything must be done to prevent any war. All the more so along the clash line between Russia and, say, the North Atlantic Alliance. “ Medvedev said in an interview with Russian media.
He emphasized that, in relation to this issue, “it is clear that the most important and only option is to negotiate security guarantees, including by political and diplomatic means, to apply the principle of indivisibility of security, which is enshrined in all European and international background cannot be achieved at the expense of another country’s security “.
The war scenario is terrible
Medvedev added that the war scenario is terrible and that there are people who make money raising tensions. More than a month ago, Moscow called on the United States and NATO for comprehensive security guarantees, including that the Alliance would not expand to Ukraine or other post-Soviet countries and that it would not amass its forces in Central and Eastern Europe.
Negotiations on Ukraine in Paris were not easy: there must be no war in any case