Turkey urges Russia to drop 'one-sided' NATO demands
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu urged Moscow and the Western defence alliance to air their differences in direct negotiations proposed by NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg.
"For any proposal to be accepted, it should be acceptable by both sides. Russia made some proposals. But maybe NATO seeks the same kind of guarantees from Russia. This is not a one-sided issue," Cavusoglu told reporters.
"If the requests are maximalist -- I’m not saying that Russia is maximalist in any case -- both sides must be constructive," he said. "They should come to the table with proposals that both sides can accept."
A NATO spokesman said the Brussels-based alliance had been "in touch" with Moscow about holding a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on January 12.
Russia has not yet formally accepted the offer.
"If Russia has any certain specific expectation or issue from Turkey regarding reducing tensions between Russia and NATO, Turkey will evaluate this positively because our objective is clear," said Cavusoglu.
"Everyone would be affected, God forbid, by conflict in the region."