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Russia broadens security demands from West, seeking to curb U.S. and NATO influence on borders

By Robyn Dixon, Paul Sonne

17 Dec 2021 · 6 min read

MOSCOW - Russia on Friday spelled out its demands for sweeping new security guarantees from the United States and NATO, seeking pledges that would halt NATO's eastward expansion and block U.S. military ties with former Soviet states.

The central tenets of Russia's "sphere of influence" doctrine - including demands for an effective veto over other nations' foreign and security policies - have repeatedly been dismissed as nonstarters by NATO officials. A senior Biden administration official described some of Russia's demands as "unacceptable" to Washington and said Moscow "knows that."

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