Russian and British defense ministers held talks to discuss the military and political situation in Europe

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Xinhua News Agency Moscow, February 11 (Reporter Hua Di)Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Thursday held talks with visiting British Defense Secretary William Wallace in Moscow. The two sides discussed the current military and political situation in Europe and bilateral military cooperation.Shoigu said that the military and political situation in Europe is becoming more and more tense, and hoped that western countries can contribute to easing the tension in Europe and stop supplying weapons to Ukraine, according to the website of the Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday.Shoigu questioned the deployment of British special forces to Ukraine and expressed concern that weapons left behind by Western countries in Afghanistan could be used by terrorists.Referring to the us and NATO’s previous replies to Russia’s security guarantee proposals, Shoigu said Russia would respond in the near future.Wallace said he was willing to discuss Ukraine, Afghanistan, counter-terrorism and other issues of mutual concern with Russia to ease tensions.It is hoped that the UK and Russia will work together to push forward the settlement of bilateral issues through diplomatic and other confidence-building measures.During the talks, the two sides also stressed the importance of maintaining contacts in the military field to prevent and reduce the risk of accidental clashes in military activities, and reached an understanding on continuing contacts between the two defense ministries, Russian media reported.In December 2021, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on dialogue on security guarantees with the United States and other Western countries, requesting the United States and NATO to provide legal guarantees to exclude the possibility of further eastward expansion of NATO.From January 10 to 13 this year, Russia and the United States and NATO respectively carried out dialogue on security guarantee proposals, but no substantive results were achieved.On January 26, the United States and NATO sent Russia written answers to their security assurances proposals.(after)