Russia Demands NATO Cease Military Action in Eastern Europe and Stay Out of Ukraine

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov arrives for a meeting with U.S. special envoy Marshall Billingslea in Vienna, Austria June 22, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/Files

Russia said on Friday it wanted a legally binding guarantee that NATO would give up any military activity in Eastern Europe and Ukraine, part of a wish list of security guarantees it wants to negotiate with the West.

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SOURCE: Reuters – By Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Tom Balmforth; Additional reporting by Andrew Osborn, Vladimir Soldatkin and Maxim Rodionov in Moscow, Robin Emmott in Brussels, Joanna Plucinska in Warsaw, Natalia Zinets in Kyiv, Steve Holland in Washington and Trevor Hunnicutt aboard Air Force One Writing by Mark Trevelyan Editing by Timothy Heritage and Frances Kerry