Lavrov: US reacted negatively to Russia’s key demand on indivisible security

The United States reacted negatively to Russia’s key demand that the accords on indivisible security be implemented responsibly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after a phone talk with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday.

“As for the key issue that generally prompted us to turn to the United States and the North Atlantic alliance with the initiative, the reaction was negative. I mean our demands that all must responsibly implement the agreements on indivisible security reached within the OSCE framework in Istanbul in 1999 and in Astana in 2010,” Russia’s top diplomat pointed out.

The US reply to Russia’s proposals on security guarantees that was received last week showed that “the Americans prefer to focus on discussing still important but secondary issues,” Lavrov underlined.

At the same time, the West seeks “to sink into oblivion” the key principle of indivisible security, he said.

“They literally make as the cornerstone exclusively the principle of the freedom of choosing unions while completely ignoring the condition agreed at the highest level that infringing upon the security of other states in this case is inadmissible,” the Russian foreign minister elaborated.

“In order not to let this happen, when we received a reaction from Washington to our original proposals, I described this in detail in a special message and sent it to all OSCE foreign ministers and the foreign ministers of other countries to let them know our position,” Lavrov said.

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