Sport Lead 1-Russia excludes any concession under the pressure of the United States
China says US and Russia must reduce stockpiles after nuclear statement
China said on Tuesday it will continue to "modernise" its nuclear arsenal and called on the United States and Russia to reduce their own stockpiles a day after global powers pledged to prevent such weapons from spreading. On Tuesday, China defended its nuclear weapons policy and said Russia and the United States -- by far the world's largest nuclear powers -- should make the first move on disarmament. "The US and Russia still possess 90 percent of the nuclear warheads on Earth," Fu Cong, director general of the department of arms control at the Chinese foreign ministry, told reporters.
Russia-USA / Security (Lead 1): Lead 1-Russia excludes any concession under the pressure of the United States
(updated with Antony Blinken and Background)
Moscow, January 9 (Reuters) - Russia said Sunday that it would not do any concession under the US pressure in the future discussions on the Ukrainian crisis and the requests of Moscow on safe guarantees , reported the RIA news agency.
According to the RIA Agency, Russia believes that there is a risk that discussions can stop quickly.
Discussions are planned for Geneva, Brussels and Vienna. But RIA reported the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, saying that diplomacy could end at the end of a single meeting.
The risk of conflict in Ukraine is "real", warns Jens Stoltenberg
NATO is concerned about the "real" risk of conflict in Ukraine with the continuation of Russian military strengthening at its borders, and must prepare for failure From diplomacy, warned Friday the Secretary General of the Jens Stoltenberg Alliance.
Video: Ukraine: Vladimir Putin Satisfied with a "positive" American reaction to the Russian proposals (Le Figaro)
"I can not exclude anything, it is a scenario quite possible. And the Americans (...) should not be illusions about this, "said Sergei Ryabkov.
Russia has collected tens of thousands of soldiers at its border with Ukraine, a situation that Washington and Kiev analyze as a possible prelude to an invasion of Ukraine, eight years after the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
Moscow denies for project to launch an offensive against Ukraine and denounces the aggressive and provocative attitude of NATO and Kiev.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday that he did not expect breakthroughs in security discussions between the United States and Russia this week, but he said to hope that both parties could get along on some points.
"I do not think we'll see any breakthrough in the coming week," said Antony Blinken on the CNN television channel. (Report Tom Balmforth and Mark Trevelyan, French version Matthieu Protard)
US envoy flies to Europe as Ukraine tensions rise .
Russia denies any plan to attack Ukraine but tensions are high as troops mass near the border.Mr Blinken will hold discussions with President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv, before meeting with his British, French and German counterparts in Berlin.