Moscow insists on legally binding agreement over indivisibility of European security - Lavrov

Russia proposes to put political declarations of guarantees not to join military blocs into the form of a legally binding document, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

Russia proposes to put political declarations of guarantees not to join military blocs into the form of a legally binding document, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

"We proposed and continue proposing shifting the political declarations I mentioned, regarding indivisible security, into a form of a legally binding document that would be open for membership to all OSCE members states," he said, when asked by Interfax to comment on the remark by Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, who said that Russia needs to be given guarantees of Ukraine's non-aligned status.

Nevertheless, "NATO leaders once refused even to discuss this subject, saying that legal security guarantees can be given to NATO members only," he said.

This approach is "provocative and aimed at chipping away more and more geopolitical space, trying to stick it on NATO and thus continue the provocative course which repeatedly led crises on the European continent ," the Russian minister said.

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