Smith told CNN that “francamente, I don’t see a lot of compromise” on the issue of NATO’s approach to enlargement.
“A questo punto, let me be very, very clear — no one is suggesting that we alter NATO policy on enlargement,” Smith ha detto. “The door remains open. No one has the right to kick the door shut. And any decision about enlargement will continue to rest between the NATO alliance and the country in question.”
But she said that there will be other issues on the table to discuss with Russia, including an ongoing conversation about placing “some reciprocal limits” on military exercises and missiles.
Russia has been amassing as many as 100,000 troops at the Ukrainian border, and Smith told CNN on Tuesday that the US has not “seen any clear signs of de-escalation” from Russia amid the talks.
“Russia is still maintaining about 100,000 forces right on the border with Ukraine. We believe they have plans to bring more forces forward,” lei disse.
Smith reiterated that the Russians’ excuse that they are amassing troops for exercises, “doesn’t really hold water at this point.”
“They claim they’re exercising. That seems like an awful lot of forces to have on the border for an exercise and there was no notification of any sort of exercise either. So we’re not exactly clear why they’re massing forces on the border,” Smith ha detto.
Monday’s talks between the US and Russia in Geneva
, Svizzera, erano “frank and forthright
,” US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told reporters
. But she said she does not know yet whether Russia is prepared to de-escalate the situation on Ukraine’s border