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World Ukraine, Weapons, Safety: Russian-American talks for 10 January

14:55  28 december  2021
14:55  28 december  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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W Ashington and Moscow agreed on the 10 January talking on Ukraine and security in Europe, discussions that In particular, to deal with Russian requirements for limiting Western influence to its borders.

at the head of the Russian demands, formulated in treaty projects delivered in the United States and NATO, the prohibition of any future expansion of the Atlantic Alliance as well as any military cooperation in what Russia considers to be area of ​​influence.

"On January 10 will be the main day of the Russian-American bilateral consultations" planned in Geneva, said Tuesday the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov at the TASS agency, considering that an agreement will not be found in " Only one day ".

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Little before, a spokesman for the United States National Security Council had stated in AFP that the negotiations of the 10 would be followed on January 12 of an NATO-Russia appointment.

Finally, according to this source, on January 13 is planned a round of discussions within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), founded during the Cold War to promote East-West dialogue.

threats "military"

"When we are going to sit to discuss, Russia will be able to put his concerns on the table and we will put ourselves on the table, including the activities of Russia," added the spokesman of the Council national security of the United States.

This set of talks must allow de-escalation of tensions around Ukraine, Kiev and its Western allies accusing Russia to have massaged tens of thousands of soldiers at its border in anticipation of a possible invasion.

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Moscow denies all bellicose vellitis and appears on the contrary as the target of "provocations" of Westerners who support politically and militarily Ukraine.


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The Kremlin claims "security guarantees", in particular the commitment of NATO to not expand in ex-USSR, especially to Ukraine.

"What we need to talk about is proposals submitted by the Russian side," Riabkov insisted.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin in Brandi last week the threat of "military and technical" measures if his claims were not heard.

In response to a pro-western revolution, Russia has already attached a part of Ukrainian territory in 2014, Crimea. It is also widely regarded as the godfather of Prorusses separatists in the conflict that has been tearing eastern from the country for almost eight years.

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The bilateral talks of January 10 will be held in the context of the Security Strategic Dialogue launched by Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin at their Geneva Summit last June.

Although this format is mainly devoted to the renegotiation of the Cold War nuclear weapons control treaties, the discussions will also concern the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border, has indicated a senior official of the American executive wishing to remain anonymous.

The meetings with NATO and the OSCE should, in particular, concern Ukraine, where tensions have aggravated in recent weeks.

things "unacceptable"

in a gesture that breaks with the generally confidential nature of diplomatic discussions, Russia recently introduced two draft treaties to prevent any enlargement of the Atlantic Alliance, particularly to Ukraine, and put an end to Western military activities near Russian borders.

Washington had said "ready to discuss" these documents, highlighting that they understood "certain things that the Russians know unacceptable".

Any agreement with Russia would take into account Ukrainian interests, emphasized Monday the spokesman for the National Security Council.

"Nothing concerning our allies and partners" will be negotiated "without our allies and partners, including Ukraine," he insisted.

"The President Biden's approach to Ukraine has been clear and consistent: gather the Alliance (Atlantic) in two directions, deterrence and diplomacy," he said.

The identity of the persons who will lead the negotiations of January 10 on one side and on the other has not been made public.

28/12/2021 09:39:40 - Moscow (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

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