According to Dmytro Kuleba , the situation appears especially cynical as Russia is demanding security guarantees at a time when its over 100,000-strong force is brandishing arms on Ukraine’s borders, holding Crimea hostage and fighting in Donbas, Russian special services are undermining security at Belarus’ borders with Poland and Lithuania, and gas supplies are being transformed into an instrument of foreign policy. Russia does not have a say in Ukraine’s NATO membership.
“The session of Ukraine-NATO Commission in Brussels and the United States and Russian delegations talks in Geneva ushered in a week of major diplomacy in Europe. It is too early to draw comprehensive conclusions as two more key events are still in store: the NATO-Russia Council and the meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council. However, the general picture is already shaping up. The Russian Federation had initiated talks on the so-called ‘security guarantees’ to raise the stakes to the maximum by making intentionally unacceptable demands,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Tuesday, APA reports citing the Ukrainian Embassy in Baku.