June 1, 2023

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Americans, Russians begin tense European defense talks

This is the first round. Washington and Moscow began tense talks on Monday (January 10) with a very uncertain outcome, addressing both the risk of a Russian invasion of Ukraine and Russia’s desire to restructure Russia’s NATO withdrawal.

The meeting began at 9 a.m. in the presence of US Deputy Foreign Ministers Wendy Sherman and Sergei Rybkov at the US Diplomatic Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, while relations between Washington and Moscow have never been tense. Cold War.

Stimulates eight-hour exchanges “Explicit and Direct” Wendy Sherman, along with her Russian counterpart, assured that the US delegation had unequivocally rejected Russian proposals aimed at preventing new countries from joining NATO.

He said the two sides were ready to discuss the issues quickly and deeply, but proposed to continue these talks soon to talk in detail on the condition that Moscow enters into the logic of the expansion, especially the deployment of missiles. “Russia can prove this by sending its troops back to their forces.”, He said during a press conference.

Wendy Sherman also explained that she had reiterated to her opponent that any aggression on Ukraine could result. “Significant Expenses”, “Big”, The West will pay for Russia. He assured that Washington had no intention of negotiating on the Ukrainian issue without the involvement of Kiev and would not talk in detail about the defense architecture in Europe without the Europeans. But so far Russia has not provided “Answer” At the request of the US “Rise and fall”, She lamented.

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No intention of attacking Ukraine

Sergei Rybkov, for his part, said Russia was not “Not threatening anyone”, Was born “Do not issue a final warning”, Which ensures the interests of the Atlantic Alliance “Gesture” To address the concerns of Moscow. “If that does not happen, it will be a mistake on NATO’s behalf and it will affect its own security.”, Warned.

Judgment from “Possibility” An agreement with the United States, despite the positions “Poles differ in what they do”He emphasized that the two countries needed compromises and respect for their mutual interests.

He praised the seriousness of the US side’s demands for Russia’s security, first and foremost, legal guarantees that NATO would never expand again, and above all to the former pro – Western countries of Ukraine and Georgia.

According to him, “The situation is not hopeless” Thus, for several weeks, Russian-Western tensions continued to escalate, especially as tens of thousands of Russian troops were stationed on Ukraine’s borders.

But, he ruled, “We must not underestimate the risks associated with the worsening evolution of conflict.”. “We need a breakthrough, a real gesture towards Russia, it must come from NATO.”, He hammered, that promised, “not at all”, Ukraine should not join the Atlantic Alliance. Russia has warned no “Offer” In this case. For him, concessions should be made to Russia “Quickly”, Mr Riabkov stressed that the negotiation process should not take place “Months and years”.

The military says two Ukrainian soldiers were killed Monday in a bomb blast in eastern Ukraine as diplomats exchanged views in Geneva. They were the first soldiers killed this year in the front line with pro-Russian separatists. Ukraine has been at war with pro-Russian separatists since 2014, controlling its entire territory in the east, and Moscow is widely regarded as a military godfather despite its denials. Relations between Ukraine and Russia, which have already been in a state of disarray since 2014, are currently experiencing peak tensions.

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Le Monde with AFP and Reuters