U.S. Senator: Russia Trying To Create 'Pretext For War' By Making Impossible-To-Accept Demands From U.S., NATO

U.S. Senator: Russia Trying To Create 'Pretext For War' By Making Impossible-To-Accept Demands From U.S., NATO

Andrew H. Sweet

The proposals, laid out on December 17 by the Russian Foreign Ministry, call for an end to NATO's eastward expansion and limitations on the alliance's military activity in Eastern Europe, including cooperation with Ukraine and Georgia.

"The Russian Federation made these demands with the full understanding they are impossible to accept," Risch said. "Putin knows the United States and our 29 NATO allies do not, and will not, negotiate away the future of sovereign nations, like Ukraine, that must be able to make their own choices."

Risch urges the Biden administration and all NATO allies to reject the demands but said the alliance should be prepared for Putin to use the rejection as an excuse for using military force.

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