Weekend Reads Ukraine: Moscow doubts the usefulness of new talks with the West
Ukraine's alliances are not a 'bargaining chip' in talks with Russia, country's deputy PM says
Ukraine’s proposed membership in NATO should not be used as a “bargaining chip” in this week's talks between Russia and the United States over the eastern European nation's plight, says Ukraine’s deputy prime minister for European affairs.Olga Stefanishyna met the Western military alliance's secretary general on Monday ahead of a full meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, which helps direct the relationship between NATO allies and the beleaguered nation.
Diplomacy is close to Moscow. While are massaged at the Ukrainian border, the Kremlin Ministry of Foreign Affairs sees immediately utility to a new round of discussions with the West. Deep discrepancies on . "Without clarifying if there is (...) flexibility reserves on the other side on important topics, there is no reason to start the table (negotiations) in the coming days , meet again and start again the same discussions, "said the Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov, in an interview with Russian RTVI chain. This declaration occurs on the merits of a meeting in Vienna of the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the third and final sequence of an intense diplomatic ballet to defuse . The OSCE wants to "rebuild confidence and cooperation" "It is imperative to find, through the diplomatic channel, a way to stop climbing and start rebuilding trust, transparency and cooperation," said the OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid, evoking "an urgent need" in the face of "an unpredictable environment". The OSCE, a multilateral platform for East-West discussions from the Cold War, "is a unique place for that," she insisted. "Each of the 57 Member States has a seat around the table." The international organization is also responsible for monitoring compliance peace agreements in the rebellious oriental part of Ukraine. "However, the surveillance missions have for the moment were not detected from abnormal on the territory", but at the border, "it is impossible for us to know what is happening", according to the American ambassador to the 'OSCE Michael Carpenter. These troop movements "are part of the pressure" exercised by Moscow to obtain satisfaction with his requests, but there is no question of negotiating under pressure, "said the head of the European diplomacy Josep Borrell. The "three key demands" of Russia Monday, Sergei Riabkov had with his American counterpart Wendy Sherman. Wednesday, NATO and Moscow held talks in Brussels, making the observation of their profound "differences" on security in Europe. Russia, which ensures that it does not "intend" to attack Ukraine, claims the signing of treaties banning any future enlargement of NATO, the non-deployment of offensive arms near Russia and drastic reduction Western military cooperation and maneuvers in Eastern Europe. "These three claims are key," said the leader of Russian Diplomacy Sergei Lavrov at the Russian chain Pervyi Kanal. According to him, Westerners promised written answers next week. Sanctions against Putin Wednesday, a project of sanctions against the Russian President Vladimir Putin in case of aggression of Ukraine was presented in the United States, an initiative that "would cross a limit" according to the Kremlin. "It would be equivalent to a breach of relations," denounced the spokesman for the Russian Presidency, Dmitry Peskov, noting that the proposal of the US Democrat Senators "does not facilitate the establishment of a constructive atmosphere for the talks" Russo -occidentals in progress. "Russia has never folded under the weight of sanctions," Hammered, however, Jews Sergei Riabkov.
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly to visit Ukraine as it faces threat of Russian invasion .
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly will travel to Ukraine next week as the country faces the threat of invasion by the Russian military.Joly's office said the six-day trip is to "reaffirm Canada's steadfast support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.