NATO Rejects Russian Security Demands, But Says It's Open To More Diplomacy

NATO Rejects Russian Security Demands, But Says It's Open To More Diplomacy

Andrew H. Sweet

Speaking on January 12 after meeting in Brussels with a delegation from Russia as part of the NATO-Russia Council, NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance would not agree to Moscow's demands for new security architecture in Europe but wanted to continue diplomacy.

Stoltenberg reiterated that Ukraine has a right to decide its future security arrangements and that Russia had no right to veto NATO admitting new members.

In more than two years, the NATO-Russia Council meeting was the first under that framework. This week was the second round of high-stakes diplomacy following an initial meeting between senior U.S. and Russian officials in Geneva on January 10.

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