OREANDA-NEWS. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced the approximate dates for the start of negotiations with the United States on security guarantees. «The United States, of course, is our main negotiator. And it is with the United States that we will carry out the main work of the negotiations, which will take place immediately after the end of the New Year holidays», he said in an interview with the YouTube channel Solovyov LIVE on Monday, December 27.

The Minister also stressed that not only diplomats, but also high-ranking Russian military will participate in the negotiations. «The negotiations will be conducted by interdepartmental delegations with the participation of the Foreign Ministry, with the participation of the military», he said.

Earlier, US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan said that his country expects to start negotiations with Russia on security guarantees in January, but is not ready to specify the exact date yet. «I am not ready to tell you a specific date or place. I know that discussions are underway in Brussels and elsewhere on our part about what our approach should be, whether it is within the framework of a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council or at the OSCE site, or within the framework of the ongoing Dialogue on Strategic Stability», he said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper, answering the question of whether negotiations on security guarantees can take place in early January.

In addition, as John Sullivan noted, «Secretary of State Blinkin said that we are not going to conduct negotiations concerning Ukraine's security at which Ukraine itself would not be represented». «Similarly, the United States does not intend to have discussions about the security of our NATO allies without their participation», the US ambassador to Russia said.

Moscow called on Washington not to deploy weapons and military personnel where it would be perceived by the other side as a threat to national security, to refrain from flying heavy bombers outside its skies and from the presence of warships in areas outside national waters from where targets on the territory of the other side can be hit. In addition, the United States should not deploy nuclear weapons outside its own country, dismantle already deployed weapons and eliminate the relevant infrastructure.