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Ukraine, arms, security: Russian-American talks in sight on January 10

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At the top of the Russian demands, formulated in draft treaties handed over to the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the prohibition of any future expansion of theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization as well as any military cooperation in what Russia considers its area of ​​influence.

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Shortly before, a spokesperson for the United States National Security Council had told theFrance Media Agency that the negotiations on the 10th would be followed on January 12th by a meeting North Atlantic Treaty Organization-Russia.

Finally, according to this source, January 13 is scheduled for discussion within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), founded during the Cold War to promote East-West dialogue.

When we sit down to discuss, Russia will be able to put its concerns on the table and we will put ours on the table, especially Russia’s activities., added the spokesperson for the United States National Security Council.

Ukraine at the heart of the discussions

This set of talks should allow a de-escalation of tensions around Ukraine, Kiev and its Western allies accusing Russia of having massed tens of thousands of soldiers on its border in anticipation of a possible invasion.

Moscow denies any belligerent inclination and presents itself on the contrary as the target of Provocation Westerners who support Ukraine politically and militarily.

Ukrainian soldiers.

As political leaders try to find common ground, Ukrainian soldiers stand guard near the front lines in the east of the country.

Photo: Reuters / Andriy Dubchak

The Kremlin calls for security guarantees, in particular the commitment of the‘NATO not to expand into ex-Soviet Union, especially in Ukraine.What to talk about are proposals submitted by the Russian side, insisted Mr. Riabkov.

Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened measures last week military and technical if his demands were not heard. In reaction to a pro-Western revolution, Russia already annexed part of Ukraine’s territory, Crimea, in 2014. She is also widely regarded as the godfather of pro-Russian separatists in the conflict that has been tearing apart the east of the country for almost eight years.

Bilateral talks on January 10 will be held as part of the strategic security dialogue launched by Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Poutin at their Geneva summit last June.

Although this format is mainly devoted to the renegotiation of post-Cold War nuclear arms control treaties, the discussions will also concern the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border, said a senior official in the US executive wishing to remain anonymous. .

Meetings withNATO and theOrganization for Security and Cooperation in Europe They should particularly concern Ukraine, where tensions have worsened in recent weeks. In a move that breaks with the generally confidential nature of diplomatic discussions, Russia recently presented two draft treaties to prevent any expansion of the Atlantic Alliance, notably to Ukraine, and to end Western military activities near the borders. Russian.

Washington had said ready to chat of these documents, while stressing that they understood some things Russians know are unacceptable. Any agreement with Russia would take Ukrainian interests into account, the spokesperson for the National Security Council said on Monday.

Nothing about our allies and partners will not be negotiated without our allies and partners, including Ukraine, he insisted.: unite the Alliance (Atlantic) in two directions, deterrence and diplomacy “,” text “:” President Biden’s approach to Ukraine has been clear and consistent: unite the Alliance (Atlantic) in two directions , deterrence and diplomacy “}}”>President Biden’s approach to Ukraine has been clear and consistent: bringing the (Atlantic) Alliance together in two directions, deterrence and diplomacy, he said.

The identities of the people who will lead the January 10 negotiations on both sides have not been made public.

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