"We did not give promises and will not give": the reaction of the USA and NATO to Putin's ultimatum


On Thursday, December 23, during a briefing, White House spokesman Jen Psaki noted that Washington did not agree with Moscow on a ban on NATO expansion eastward. But the US is ready to discuss other Russian initiatives on international security.


With regard to the North Atlantic Alliance, Psaki noted that it is not an offensive, but a defensive military alliance. At the same time, the place and time of the negotiations between the United States and the Russian Federation has not yet been determined - it is possible that the summit meeting will be held in Geneva early next year.

Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with reporters of the dpa agency that there was no indication in the alliance's documents of a promise of no eastward expansion.

NATO has never promised not to expand. Even in the founding agreement of our organization it is written that every European state can become a member of the alliance

- the general secretary of the block emphasized.

Stoltenberg also recalled that a number of agreements of the bloc with Russia determine the possibility of other countries to join NATO. This "main principle of security in Europe" was once subscribed to by the Russian Federation.

On December 23, during a conversation with media representatives, Vladimir Putin lamented that NATO had “fooled Russia,” despite assurances from the West that there would be no eastward expansion. In this regard, the Russian president recalled the "five waves" of the alliance's expansion. Earlier, Putin mentioned the "red lines", which, in particular, include the refusal to admit Ukraine and Georgia to NATO.
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  1. Xuli (o) Tebenado 24 December 2021 13: 31
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    I must say, this is a strange requirement - to make a promise.
    Ukraine asks-demands from Russia to give promises of non-aggression.
    In the same way, Russia, in the person of its president, is asking and demanding from NATO to make promises as well.
    Everyone laughs at each other, everyone has fun, and no one makes any promises to anyone.
    1. S WITH Offline S WITH
      S WITH (N S) 24 December 2021 14: 06
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      Putin just needs an additional reason to destroy Banderstan - like NATO does not give guarantees, so I will eliminate Banderstan
  2. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 24 December 2021 13: 41
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    Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with reporters of the dpa agency that there was no indication in the alliance's documents of a promise of no eastward expansion.

    Well, since there are no non-expansion documents, it means that Russia may well join the NATO bloc, along with its tanks, missiles, Chinese allies, and so on, right up to the English Channel. Or to Texas ...
    1. S WITH Offline S WITH
      S WITH (N S) 24 December 2021 14: 04
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      no, Russia will expand to meet NATO
  3. zzdimk Offline zzdimk
    zzdimk 24 December 2021 13: 50
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    Quote: Bulanov
    Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with reporters of the dpa agency that there was no indication in the alliance's documents of a promise of no eastward expansion.

    Well, since there are no non-expansion documents, it means that Russia may well join the NATO bloc, along with its tanks, missiles, Chinese allies, and so on, right up to the English Channel. Or to Texas ...

    NATO membership is nonsense. NATO has its own standards, but why buy bourgeois rubbish?
  4. S WITH Offline S WITH
    S WITH (N S) 24 December 2021 14: 03
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    NATO really wants to put the plundered Banderstan on the neck of the Russian Federation (trying to cause an economic crisis to confusion), well, we will take our own, and we will take the Svidomo and their debts to the Western region
  5. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 24 December 2021 14: 48
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    The bargaining began.
    Moscow called the initial price for "services" (as it is now fashionable - educational services, medical, security)