Leaders of Russia and the UK held a telephone conversation on the situation in Ukraine

2022-07-05 0 By

Moscow, February 2 (Xinhua)Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a telephone conversation on Thursday to discuss the situation in Ukraine and Russia’s security guarantee.According to the Kremlin website, the two leaders had a full exchange of views on the Crisis in Ukraine and the provision of legally binding long-term security guarantees for Russia. Putin elaborated on his principled attitude towards solving these problems, pointing out that Ukraine has long undermined the Minsk agreements.Putin said NATO’s so-called “open door” policy violates the basic principle of indivisibility of security, but NATO is unwilling to respond to Russia’s legitimate concerns on the pretext of “open door.”The deterioration of Russia-Ukraine relations has accelerated recently, with both sides deploying a large number of military personnel and equipment along their border.The United States, Ukraine and NATO claim that Russia has massed heavy forces on the border with Ukraine and may be preparing for an “invasion” of Ukraine.Russia denies the claim.In December 2021, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on dialogue on security guarantees with the United States and other Western countries, requesting the United States and NATO to provide legal guarantees to exclude the possibility of further eastward expansion of NATO.In the same month, Russia submitted two draft security guarantee agreements to the United States and NATO, and demanded a clear response from both sides.From January 10 to 13 this year, Russia and the United States and NATO respectively carried out dialogue on security guarantee proposals, but no substantive results were achieved.On January 26, the United States and NATO sent Russia written answers to their security assurances proposals.(after)