14 Feb 2022 16:18

Lavrov describes replies to Russia's request regarding indivisible security interpretation as unsatisfactory

MOSCOW. Feb 14 (Interfax) - The responses received by Russia following its request regarding the interpretation of the principle of indivisible security are unsatisfactory, and Moscow will continue seeking a specific reaction from each country at the national level, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"The replies that I have received are unsatisfactory. None of my counterparts have responded to my direct message. We have received two small pieces of paper: one from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the other from EU diplomacy chief Josep Borrell. They say: 'don't worry, it's necessary to continue dialogue, the main thing you should do is to ensure de-escalation around Ukraine'," Lavrov said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

"I think this precisely neglects the norm that was entrenched at the highest level whereby no organization may see itself as the chief and dominant in the Euro-Atlantic," and this is why "we will continue to seek a concrete reaction from every country since all the documents I am now reporting about were signed in a national capacity, and in that same national capacity [every nation] must answer for their content and for their obligations under those documents," Lavrov said.