“We are looking for opportunities for dialogue with Russia in areas where any sensible actor of international politics would like such a dialogue. It is about issues such as transparency of operations, implementation of existing disarmament agreements or confidence-building measures, areas that may also be discussed at the OSCE forum. However, NATO-Russia talks should not become the basis or a pretext for questioning certain foundations of NATO policy or lowering the membership status of some Alliance countries. They should not divide NATO ”
The meeting – as he said – will not end with any declaration.
“The Russia-NATO Council is an area of dialogue, but not of negotiation. Poland wants to emphasize that we do not agree to aggressive actions by Russia. We will communicate this position to the Russian side. The point is to express a common position that we do not agree to aggression against Ukraine, but also aggressive actions against, for example, Georgia, or hybrid and cyber activities against our allies. I hope we will speak with one voice on this issue ”
– he said.
As he emphasized, the determination of the Alliance in this matter will be of great importance for building security in the world.
“This will have an impact on the situation also in the Pacific region, on the attitude of China, which the US is afraid of in this area”
Szatkowski added that the course of the Wednesday meeting will decide about NATO’s further steps in the matter of Russia.
“The talks may also translate into the agenda of Poland’s presidency in the OSCE. We can outline the areas around which we will work in the OSCE forum ”
– he pointed out.
Szatkowski notes that the de-escalation of tensions on the part of Russia is still not visible. “The concentration of Russian troops on the eastern border of Ukraine continues. We are talking about holding a gun to Ukraine’s head. However, we hear a change of position. Russia points out that progress in the talks is possible. We’ll see what’s behind it, ”he concluded.
Source: PAP, niezalezna.pl,