World Ukraine: biden and poutine advocate "diplomacy" and "dialogue" before their maintenance

17:12  30 december  2021
17:12  30 december  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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The American and Russian presidents said, at a few hours of an interview Thursday, their willingness to dialogue to solve deep tension Russian-Western, on the background of fear of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Joe Biden intends, according to the White House, a "diplomatic channel" to get out of the crisis during their phone call, the second in less than a month.

Vladimir Putin has been said to be "convinced", in his new year wishes to the US President, that an "effective" dialogue and "based on mutual respect" was possible, recalling the summit in June in Geneva having gathered the two men.

"Only the way for the negotiations can solve the abundance of the immediate problems that there is between us," said Kremlin's spokesperson later, Dmitry Peskov.

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During their maintenance, scheduled for 20:30 GMT, however, Joe Biden should point out that the United States remains "deeply worried" of the presence of tens of thousands of Russian military at the border with Ukraine and that they will be "prepared To answer "in case of military offensive, according to a head of the White House.

Washington "would like to see the troops back to their usual training areas," said this source.

Moscow, as the Russian-American talks approached January 10 in Geneva, continues to repeat that priority priority is the negotiation of two treaties redefining the equilibrium and security architecture of Europe.

For the Kremlin, the security of Russia requires the prohibition of any enlargement of the Atlantic Alliance and the end of Western military activities near the Russian borders, zone that Moscow considers to be part of its area of ​​influence.

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According to the Russians, these requirements are only able to contain the worsening of tensions, Russia particularly considering the support of the United States, NATO and the EU to Ukraine as a threat. direct to its security and interests.

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 Russian-American tensions: in the east, the intransigence is © Yuri Kochetkov - EPA / Maxppp Vladimir Putin refuses any native presence along the Russian borders. The strategic dialogue between Russians and Western, announced for January 2022, in three stages, to soothe the tensions of the last few weeks, looks undoubtedly promising. representatives and Russians will take part on 10 January on discussions on the military activities of their respective countries and on the tensions related to Ukraine .

In a previous telephone interview early December between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, the American president had threatened his peer of sanctions "as he never saw" in case of attack against Ukraine.

Westerners have so far excluded a military response to a possible Russian invasion. And the Kremlin swept the threats of sanctions.

Russia and its elite are already the subject of multiple economic reprisals because of the Ukrainian file and repression in the country, but none of these measures have changed the line kremlin, on the contrary.

Moscow also denies threatening Ukraine, of which it has already appended part of the territory, Crimea, in 2014, and asserts to protect against the hostility of Westerners who support Kiev, particularly in his conflict with separatists. Pro-Russian.

The latter, despite Russian denials, are widely regarded as being under the orders of the Kremlin.

Sign that the January 10 talks in Geneva on Ukraine but also strategic stability will be bitter, the head of Russian Diplomacy Sergei Lavrov excluded all "concession".

The United States had previously warned that some Russian queries were "unacceptable".

These discussions will be followed on January 12 of a Russia-NATO meeting, and January 13 of a meeting under the OSCE.

"For what will be followed, we will see according to the disposition of the United States and NATO to have a concrete discussion on our concerns," said Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian diplomacy .

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