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Washington ready to discuss military exercises with Moscow

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American and Russian diplomats are gathering in Switzerland to try to defuse geopolitical tensions, while the United States and the Europeans accuse Moscow of preparing a new invasion of Ukraine.

There are some areas […] in which we believe it might be possible to make progress, provided that any promise is reciprocal, recalled this source, giving some details during a conference call.

Russia said it feels threatened by the prospect of positioning offensive missile systems in Ukraine […] The United States has no intention of doing this. This is an area where we could find an agreement if Russia agrees to make a reciprocal commitment.

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Moscow also expressed interest in discussing the future of certain missile systems in Europe, according to the principles of the INF Treaty [traité sur les armes nucléaires de portée intermédiaire] and we are open to a discussion about it, said the senior official.

Finally, Washington is ready to discuss the possibility of reciprocal restrictions on size and extent military operations led by Russia as well as by the United States and theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization, the source said.

A first discussion on Sunday evening

We will not know until we start these conversations tomorrow night whether Russia is prepared to discuss seriously and in good faith., he warned, specifying that the Russians and the Americans would probably have a first conversation on Sunday evening, before holding their main meeting Monday in Swiss.

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is due to meet with her Russian counterpart Sergei Ryabkov on Sunday evening, according to a State Department spokesperson.

Diplomats in front of the flags of the United States and Russia.

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov meet in Geneva on September 30, 2021.

Photo: Reuters / HANDOUT

We approach these discussions realistically, not optimistically, the source further pointed out, indicating that they would be exploratory and would not lead to firm promises.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Russian media would start to report, perhaps even while the talks are taking place, that the United States has made all kinds of concessions to Russia. It is a deliberate attempt to create divisions among allies, in part by manipulating you, he told reporters on his conference call.

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