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Meeting of NATO foreign ministers reaffirmed Russia’s demands were unacceptable

7. January 2022 - 19:02
NATO välisministrite kohtumine 07.01.2022 FOTO: NATO

At a video meeting of NATO foreign ministers held today 7 January, Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets discussed the security situation in Europe and the Alliance’s common position ahead of the NATO-Russia Council.

“After today’s meeting NATO member states are in notable agreement that there can be no compromise on the fundamental principles of the international order and there is no room for negotiations in the face of threat of external force when it comes to the foundations of security in Europe. We consider it unthinkable to return to the old politics of spheres of influence and think it is crucial that every state has the right to make independent decisions about the foundations of its security,” Foreign Minister Liimets said. “The Alliance is an organisation based on consensus, established to protect our common space of values, and its decisions are made jointly by all members. Allies consider it crucial to contribute to their increased deterrence and defence capabilities to meet current and new needs.”

The ministers also discussed common positions and assessments ahead of the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council next week. “We consider it important for NATO and Russia to have a dialogue and accordingly, we would like to see substantial indications the Russian Federation would like to improve security in Europe. This applies in particular to the actions it has taken so far to undermine it, such as the annexation of Crimea, military activity in eastern Ukraine, and eroding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia,” the foreign minister said.

NATO foreign ministers heard detailed accounts from countries that have had diplomatic contacts with Russia in recent weeks, and they were briefed on Russia’s military activity on Ukraine’s borders.

The Alliance has repeatedly underlined that Russia’s proposals for fundamental changes to the security architecture of Europe were unacceptable, while reaffirming its openness to dialogue. The last Russia Council was held in 2019 and subsequently Russia has not accepted any proposals for an exchange of views from NATO.

The NATO-Russia Council convenes on 12 January. It takes place after the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission on 10 January.

Additional information:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department
press@mfa.ee

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