The year 2022 has started with a full of events: a diplomatic marathon took place in the framework of Russia-USA and Russia-NATO. Increasingly, there are allegations in Western countries about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. In response to this, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov notes: “The number of scenarios of actions developed by the United States in the event of an alleged possible “invasion” of the Russian Federation into Ukraine raises suggestions that the special services, intelligence and the Foreign Ministry of the States have announced a competition for their creation.” The Russian side also clearly defines its “red lines”, defining issues of “life and death” and allowing the deployment of troops in Cuba. In turn, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted that “NATO will not agree that the alliance should not have military in countries that have joined since 1997.”
Obviously, the results of the negotiations in different capitals are evaluated differently. One thing is clear: if the objective of the negotiations was to form a common understanding of the existing challenges, then the negotiations failed.
For more details, read the article by Artem Kvartalnov, a PIR Center Junior Research Fellow, “The lack of progress in negotiations will require decisive measures from Russia,” published on the Nezavisimaya Gazeta website.