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US, NATO Told Russia They Are Refraining From Deploying Nukes in Eastern Europe, Spanish Media Says

© AFP 2023 / BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIA deactivated Titan II nuclear ICMB is seen in a silo at the Titan Missile Museum on May 12, 2015 in Green Valley, Arizona
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Earlier, the Russian government expressed concerns over NATO's military activity near its borders and over the alliance’s plans to further expand eastward, including in Ukraine.
The US and NATO told Russia that they are refraining from deploying nuclear weapons in Eastern Europe, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.
"We continue to refrain from additional permanent deployment of strike weapons, as well as from the deployment of nuclear weapons in the countries of Eastern Europe," the newspaper reports, citing the response of the United States and NATO to Russia's proposals on security guarantees that came into its possession.
The United States is ready to consider the possibility of signing a document with Russia on security issues of mutual interest, the newspaper reports.
"We are ready to consider arrangements or agreements with Russia on bilateral issues, including written and signed instruments, to address our security concerns," the document says.
The Spanish newspaper claims that the United States and NATO, in their response to Russia, said that Moscow's proposals could be the subject of a constructive dialogue.
NATO seeks that Russia refrains from testing anti-satellite weapons, as it creates a large amount of weapons, according to the alliance's reply to Russia's security proposals.
"[NATO suggests] Russia refraining from conducting anti-satellite tests, which create large amounts of debris," the document read.
A diplomatic source confirmed to Sputnik the authenticity of the US and NATO response to Russia's security proposals which had been published by El Pais.
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday declined to comment on the responses of the US and NATO to Russia's security guarantees proposals published earlier in the day by Spain's El Pais newspaper.
"We did not publish anything and I do not want to comment on it. You need to address the newspaper or the Spanish government, at least not to us. We have, of course, seen the publication. Yesterday, President [Vladimir Putin] gave a general conceptual assessment of the answers received in the part that concerns fundamentally important issues for Russia," Peskov told reporters.
When asked who could have conveyed the US and NATO responses to the media outlet, the official advised against guessing.
Moscow published its security suggestions for NATO and the United States in late 2021 as tensions flared around Ukraine. Moscow specifically requested guarantees that NATO would not expand eastward to include Ukraine and Georgia.
In recent months, Western countries have accused Russia of a troop buildup near the border with Ukraine and plans to attack the neighbouring country. Moscow has dismissed the claims, which it considers to be a pretext for NATO military deployment near Russia's borders and plans to expand further eastward.
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