OREANDA-NEWS. Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Grushko announced that he would represent the Russian diplomatic service at a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council, TASS reports.

“The delegation consists of representatives of the Foreign Ministry and the military. I will be in charge of the Foreign Ministry, ”he said.

On January 4, NATO confirmed that negotiations with Russia on security guarantees will take place on January 12, 2022. It is noted that "the dialogue with Russia should be conducted on the basis of reciprocity, to respond to NATO's concerns about Russian actions."

It was later reported that NATO foreign ministers would hold an emergency videoconference on January 7 to discuss Russia's demands on security assurances.

NATO has not yet clarified the agenda of the meeting. Earlier, Russia announced its intention to discuss with NATO its initiatives in the field of European security, which include demands for the withdrawal of US nuclear weapons from Europe, abandonment of the deployment of conventional NATO military forces near the borders of the Russian Federation, and the rejection of the alliance from the course of involving Ukraine and Georgia in NATO.

In turn, Stoltenberg has announced in December that he wants to convene the RNC in early 2022 "to discuss the situation in and around Ukraine", as well as talks about "the concentration of Russian forces near the border with Ukraine."

On the night of December 31, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden talked on the telephone for 50 minutes. Aide to the Russian leader, Yuri Ushakov, told reporters that the Kremlin is satisfied with the understanding between the presidents of the two countries; in general, the mood of the talking was constructive. According to him, the main topic of the talk was the awaited negotiations on security guarantees, and the leaders agreed to keep their progress under personal control and maintain telephone contacts.

On December 15, the Russian Foreign Ministry of Russia handed over to the American side drafts of an agreement between Russia and the United States on security guarantees and an agreement on measures to ensure the security of the Russian Federation and the NATO member states. The document, in particular, states that the United States should not create military bases in the territories of the former USSR countries that are not NATO members.