The Kremlin announced that it is ready to negotiate with NATO in a “neutral country”

Russia is ready to consult with & nbsp; NATO in & nbsp; & quot; any neutral country & quot ;. & Nbsp; This was stated by the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, RBC correspondent reports.

“[Presidential Aide Yuri] Ushakov gave [US Presidential Adviser] Jake Sullivan yesterday an explanation on & nbsp; security guarantees, which were yesterday by & nbsp; diplomatic channels were transferred to the American side, and & nbsp; brought to & nbsp; Sullivan [information] about & nbsp; our readiness to immediately begin negotiations on & nbsp; drafts of these documents & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; said Peskov.

According to & nbsp; & nbsp; he said, the talks from the & nbsp; Russian side will be conducted by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

“ He & nbsp; will be ready at & nbsp; any time to fly to & nbsp; any neutral country to & nbsp; start negotiations '', & nbsp; & mdash; said a Kremlin spokesman.

In recent months, Western countries and the United States have accused Russia of building up troops near the Ukrainian border and announced the threat of a possible “invasion.” NATO activities at & nbsp; Russian borders.

Against the & nbsp; background of these statements, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested starting negotiations on & nbsp; guarantees of NATO's non-expansion to the & nbsp; east. He & nbsp; noted that & nbsp; Russia needs legal guarantees, since “ Western colleagues did not & nbsp; fulfill their oral obligations. '' In & nbsp; NATO, on & nbsp; it was answered that & nbsp; the decision on & nbsp; possible entry of Ukraine into the & nbsp; bloc will be decided by the countries themselves & nbsp; & mdash; alliance members.

The United States allowed the sending of military personnel in the event of a Russian “invasion” of Ukraine

Putin also raised the issue of & nbsp; non-expansion of NATO to the east at & nbsp; talks with US President Joe Biden, which took place on December 7 via & nbsp; video link. During the & nbsp; time of them, the American leader said about the & nbsp; the nature of the movement of Russian troops near the & nbsp; Ukrainian border and & nbsp; noted that & nbsp; in the & nbsp; case of deterioration of the situation, the United States and & nbsp; the allies are ready to impose new sanctions against Moscow. Putin remarked in his & nbsp; response that & nbsp; Washington should not blame & nbsp; Russia, since, & nbsp; he said, it was NATO that was making “ dangerous attempts '' to master the territory of Ukraine and & nbsp; is building up its military potential near & nbsp; Russian borders.

On & nbsp; the day after the talks, Biden announced & nbsp; plans to hold a meeting with & nbsp; participation of representatives of Russia and & nbsp; in & nbsp; at least four countries & nbsp; & mdash; the main US allies in & nbsp; NATO. About & nbsp; which countries in question, the American president did not & nbsp; specified. According to & nbsp; he said, at the & nbsp; meeting it is planned to discuss Russia's concerns about & nbsp; NATO expansion, and & nbsp; also the possibility of agreeing agreements that & nbsp; would reduce tensions on the & nbsp; eastern flank.

As Ushakov said, the Russian side & nbsp; already conveyed to US Assistant Secretary of State Karen Donfried proposals on & nbsp; development of legal guarantees for the security of Moscow.