13 Jan 2022 17:44

Russian proposals on security guarantees didn't meet appropriate response from OSCE partners - envoy

VIENNA. Jan 13 (Interfax) - Russia has not received an appropriate response or reaction to its proposals on security guarantees from its Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) partners, Russian Permanent Representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich said.

"I'd like to tell you that, unfortunately, we haven't heard any appropriate response or any reaction to our proposals from our partners," Lukashevich said at a press conference in Vienna, following negotiations earlier on Thursday.

"Everything revolved around their concerns and Russia's supposedly aggressive conduct, especially in the context of the Ukrainian events, and they also interpreted the principle of indivisible security codified in OSCE documents in their own way, arguing that no one can influence the choice of a security system by this state or another and ways to ensure their security," he said.

"The fundamental differences that we sensed in both Geneva and especially during the NATO-Russia Council discussion as to how they interpret the principle of indivisible security certainly makes Russia even more confident that its reasons are right and that this principle and guarantees of this principle's implementation must be formalized legally, and this was done absolutely unequivocally," Lukashevich said.