Kiev and Prague agreed to contain Russia together

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba and Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipovsky held a telephone conversation, during which they agreed on joint steps to "contain" Russia "from further aggression." This is stated in a statement published on the website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

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The report also notes that the parties agreed on the positions of Kiev and Prague "against the background of aggressive actions" by Moscow and on the eve of a number of diplomatic contacts between the US, NATO, OSCE and the Russian Federation.

In addition, the diplomats agreed on a joint visit to Ukraine by the foreign ministers of Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which is scheduled for February this year.

They also touched upon the issue of the "Crimean Platform". Lipovsky assured Kuleba that Prague fully supports this format.

On January 4, NATO confirmed that negotiations with Russia on security guarantees will take place on January 12, 2022. The alliance 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.

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.

Kiev and Prague agreed to contain Russia together