Nikos Dendias, Greek Foreign Minister, said in a videoconference NATO foreign ministersthat Athens is supporting negotiations of the alliance with the Russian Federation, the Athens Macedonian News Agency reported.
AMNA notes that Greece has welcomed the convening of the NATO-Russia Council next week:
“In his remarks, Mr. Dendias stressed that Greece supports NATO’s dialogue with Russia in the context of a dual approach, and Greece welcomes the convening of the NATO-Russia Council next week.”
The Greek minister believes that the real outcome of the dialogue will appear only after some time. However, he noted that in the dialogue of the parties it is necessary to emphasize the principles of the alliance, based on respect for international law and condemnation of any violation of the territorial integrity of states.
According to the AMNA, the head of the Greek Foreign Ministry noted that the OSCE could play an important role in reducing tension on the Russian-Ukrainian border, in the issue of arms control.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the United States and its allies will continue to seek a diplomatic relaxation of tensions around Ukraine at the security talks. He noted that the United States intends to give a decisive response to the aggression of the Russian Federation, but a diplomatic solution is still preferable, which is still possible.
The British Daily Telegraph on Friday, citing sources, suggested that NATO may agree to withdraw its troops away from Russian borders.
In recent weeks, Western media have been circulating rumors of alleged plans for a Russian invasion of Ukraine. On December 4, The Washington Post reported that the Russian Federation intends to invade Ukraine at the beginning of the new year, while involving “up to 175 thousand troops.”
Moscow has repeatedly denied such rumors. Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at a press conference on December 23, noted that such statements give the impression that the Ukrainian side is “preparing a third operation” in Donbass.
In 4 days, on January 12, at a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council and on January 13 with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the issue of European security and the situation in Ukraine will be discussed.