OREANDA-NEWS. The West made it clear to Russia that "it does not have the right to vote" on the issue of Ukraine's entry into the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO). Thus, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba on Tuesday, January 11, commented on the progress of negotiations on security guarantees between Russia and the United States, which took place in Geneva on January 10.

“Russia does not have the right to vote on the issue of Ukraine’s membership in NATO. This is a "red" line that neither Ukraine nor our partners will cross. The collective West will not agree to provide Russia with "legal guarantees" not to expand the alliance to the east, as this would be its strategic defeat, "Kuleba told RBC-Ukraine.

According to the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Western countries will not agree with the Kremlin on any agreements on Ukraine without the participation of Kiev.

“The starting line for discussing security guarantees in the Euro-Atlantic space” begins with the de-escalation that Moscow must carry out on the border with Ukraine, Kuleba said. In his opinion, the Russian Federation should also "leave" the Crimea and Donbass.

“I am glad to see that our hard work is yielding results: there is a growing understanding among partners that the security of the Euro-Atlantic space is impossible while Ukraine is in danger,” Kuleba concluded.

On January 10, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia had no intentions to attack Ukraine and could not be. Moscow is carrying out all measures to train troops on its territory, "there is no reason to fear any escalation scenario in this regard," the diplomat said.

In recent weeks, a number of Western media outlets have reported about the alleged plans of the Russian Federation's invasion of Ukraine. So, on January 7, The New York Times drew up and published a map with the alleged location of Russian troops along the border with Ukraine.