Speaking about today's Russia-NATO talks, @MID_RF DFM Alexander Grushko says NATO's goal is to contain Russia; "NATO's behavior creates unacceptable risks for Russia Federation."
@MID_RF Grushko: "аs of today, there is no positive agenda with NATO."
@MID_RF Grushko: Russia explicitly stated ... that further degradation of the situation will lead to "the most severe and unpredictable consequences for European security."
@MID_RF Grushko: "I will remind that in 1997 there was only one country that shared a border with Russia and was knocking on NATO's door; that was Poland. Today many states have joined NATO and their territories are obviously used for the projection of force" at Russia.
@MID_RF Grushko: Russia cannot take NATO's statements about the defensive nature of the alliance seriously.
Grushko: they say NATO membership is about the free choice of countries to choose their foreign policies and alliance memberships: "but free choice does not exist in international relations."
Grushko: Ending (NATO's) open door policy and stopping the alliance's expansion to the east-- "this is an absolute imperative for Russia."
Grushko: mentions the Cuban Missile Crisis, says that Cuba had the freedom to choose its own path of foreign relations/security at that moment in history, but it was unacceptable to the United States.
Grushko: "At the heart of NATO policy and its military construction is the containment of Russia. Massive resources are allocated for this. There is no concealing that this is the alliance's main purpose. And this fact in itself has a devastating effect" on pan-European security.
Grushko: Russia has not closed its mission to NATO, but has only suspended its work. "We do not rule out the possibility of restoring its diplomatic presence in the event of a change in the alliance."
Grushko: in Ukraine "de-escalation is possible, but only if Kyiv completely and fully fulfills the Minsk Accords... if the Minsk Accords are implemented, there will be no threats to the territorial integrity of Ukraine."
Grushko now discussing the history of the independence of the 3 Baltic countries, post-Soviet collapse; says that there was no threat to them when they joined NATO (in 2004)
Grushkо: when asked what the Czech Republic should do to be removed from Russia's "unfriendly states" list: "the Czechs know exactly what they need to do."
Grushko: "we are not talking about any compromises" on Russia's security guarantee proposals.
Grushko: "diplomacy is about talking. we are ready to continue (talking), but it should be a meaningful discussion. It should be about a shared common goal. Our goal is a new security arrangement in Europe."
Grushko: "we are looking at this realistically, we don't have excessive hopes, but pragmatically. If there is a chance to move in the right direction, why wouldn't you take that chance?"
Grushko, asked about Ukraine: "There is no Russian presence in Donetsk/ Luhansk. There is a NATO presence in Ukraine.... The way ahead toward peaceful solution of the internal Ukraine crisis is the full implementation of the Minsk agreements...."
A final somewhat short statement from @MID_RF about the Russia-NATO talks. Russian officials "demanded that the alliance provide solid legal guarantees precluding further NATO expansion and the deployment of strike (offensive) weapon systems in countries adjacent to Russia."

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