The Foreign Ministry also confirmed that EU and NATO countries have coordinated their responses to the Kremlin. The response of the military alliance is signed Jens StoltenbergDirector General of NATO.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about a week ago posted written message To EU and NATO member states, including Finland. Lavrov said Russia expects each recipient to respond independently to its demands for security guarantees and to clarify its views on various international agreements.
At the heart of the country’s rhetoric has been the idea that no state should strengthen its security at the expense of another.
Politico on Wednesday reported that it has seen a draft EU response. The draft states that member states are ready to continue formal negotiations with Russia, but demand that Russia withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian border.
“We remain seriously concerned about the current situation and firmly believe that tensions and disagreements need to be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy,” Borrell writes. “We urge Russia to reduce escalation and reverse its military growth in and around Ukraine and Belarus.”
He added that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) would be an appropriate forum to address the concerns of all stakeholders.
Although Borrell did not comment on the international agreements mentioned by Russia, he said that future discussions would provide “opportunities to address the issue” and other key documents that form the core of European security.
Helsingin Sanomat 2.2 reported that Finland and Sweden are preparing a joint response to the Kremlin’s letter. foreign minister Pekka Haavisto (Greens) said countries have approached the situation from similar perspectives.
“Every country has the right to make its own security policy choices,” said the Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde.
He added that the response will also be analyzed with other countries before it is sent to the Kremlin. “You don’t respond to that in five minutes,” he said.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: The Nordic Page