Russia, US Ready to Engage in “Diplomatic Dialogue” on Ukraine Crisis

This is perhaps the first sign of warming relations between Russia and the West.

 

A diplomatic dialogue aimed at defusing tensions on the border between Russia and Ukraine could take place as early as next month in Geneva.

 

Vladimir Poutine judged Thursday “positive” the first American reactions to Russian demands for a de-escalation in the Russo-Western crisis around Ukraine.

 

Russia has presented two draft treaties to ban any enlargement of the Atlantic Alliance, notably to Ukraine, and to put an end to Western military activities near Russian borders. According to Moscow, this is the only way to curb the escalation of tensions.

 

“We just asked that there should be no further NATO advancing east. The ball is now in their court, they have to respond to us. I want to stress that overall we have have seen a positive reaction so far. Our partners…

Washington ready to discuss with Moscow, but not without conditions

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg assured that “the (military) alliance remains ready to have a constructive dialogue with Russia”, according to a statement released Thursday on the American side, after a interview between the two men.

 

A senior White House official later in the day confirmed that the United States was ready to “engage in diplomatic dialogue” with Russia “from the beginning of January, but not without conditions.” The White House, however, said that neither the date nor the place of a first meeting had been set.

The EU’s foreign minister Josep Borrell once again called on Moscow to “de-escalate” and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. “He stressed that any further military aggression against Ukraine would have massive consequences and …Russia is suspected of preparing an invasion of Ukraine, a former Soviet republic now pro-Western, part of whose territory, Crimea, in the south, has already been unilaterally attached to Russia in 2014. More than 100,000 Russian troops are said to be deployed at the border.

 

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