MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that Moscow would soon put forward proposals for a new European security pact which he said he hoped would stop NATO from expanding further eastwards.
Lavrov was speaking at a summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Stockholm ahead of talks with his U.S. counterpart Antony Blinken expected to focus on tensions around Ukraine.
Blinken, NATO and Ukrainian officials have repeatedly expressed fears in recent weeks that Russia will soon launch a new attack on Ukraine, an idea Moscow has rejected as fear-mongering. Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014 and has backed pro-Russian separatists who seized a swath of eastern Ukraine that same year.
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WNU Editor: I do not think Washington and NATO are interested in a deal right now …. Putin calls on NATO to do a deal (RT).
Russia Wants A New European Security Pact