Moreover, the chair of the German Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee, Michael Roth, said on Sunday, December 19, 2021, that Russia’s demand that NATO stop its eastward expansion is unacceptable.
“First, I am glad that, obviously, we are currently at a stage when initiatives are advanced that can be discussed. But this proposal, of course, is unacceptable. It won’t do,” he said in an interview with the Deutschlandfunk radio station.
Besides, Polish President, Andrzej Duda, said that he considers unacceptable the EU’s “concessions” towards Russia, adding that Moscow should “take a step back.” On Monday, December 20, the politician said this after the meeting of the heads of the countries of the “Lublin Triangle”, in which Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania cooperate in the fields of infrastructure and economy, Izvestia reports.
“I believe that we must act cautiously and demand a decisive retreat by the Russian side. Only such a position can lead to the fact that there will be no conflict,” the Rzecz Pospolita portal quotes Duda as saying.
The statement comes after the leaders of the EU member states on December 17 unanimously decided to extend economic sanctions against Russia.