OREANDA-NEWS. Former US Ambassador to Kiev. senior researcher at the American Brookings Institution Stephen Pifer said that the United States will accept some of the conditions of Russia on security guarantees, in particular, limit the military exercises of the West in Ukraine, he was quoted by the Associated Press.

According to the diplomat, "if Moscow is serious about negotiating," the administration of US President Joe Biden "may take up some elements of Russia's project." It is noted that at the same time, key NATO members made it clear that "they have no desire to expand the alliance in the near future."

Pifer stressed that the proposed in the draft treaty ban on any NATO military activities in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus or Central Asia "is excessive", but "some measures to limit military exercises and actions on a reciprocal basis are possible."

Earlier, negotiations were held between the presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, during which the Russian leader said that the US sanctions against Russia would be a serious mistake, in fact, threatening a complete rupture of Russian-American relations. He also emphasized the importance of joint work with the United States, which should result in firm legal guarantees excluding NATO's eastward advance and the deployment of threatening weapons systems in close proximity to Russian borders.