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US and Russia to resume talks on Ukraine and nuclear weapons on January 10

US and Russia to resume talks on Ukraine and nuclear weapons on January 10

United States and Russia to discuss nuclear weapons control and tensions over Ukraine on January 10, informed a National Security spokesman to the AFP this Monday.

“The United States hopes to engage (in a dialogue) with Russia,” said the spokesman for the National Security Council.

A meeting between Russia and NATO could later take place on January 12, followed, on the 13th, by a meeting between Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which is also a member of the United States, the source added.

“Russia will be able to put its concerns on the table and we will be able to put ours, particularly Russia’s activities,” he said.

The presidents of both nations held a video call for two hours recently
The presidents of both nations held a video call for two hours recently

“We will hold the main round of negotiations with the US, which will take place immediately after the end of the New Year festivities ”, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said for his part.

The bilateral meeting on January 10 will take place within the framework of the Strategic Security Dialogue Launched by Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin during their Geneva summit last June.

Although this format is primarily intended to renegotiate post-Cold War nuclear arms control treaties, discussions will also revolve around the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border, where Moscow deployed tens of thousands of soldiers, said a senior US government official who also requested anonymity.

Meetings with NATO and OSCE will focus on Ukraine.

On December 17, Russia unveiled two treaty proposals to drastically limit US and NATO influence near its borders.

The documents were published in full tensions between Russia and the West over the border with Ukraine, where Americans and Europeans accuse Moscow of preparing a military offensive.

The mobilization of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine has generated concern in the governments of Europe and the United States.
The mobilization of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine has generated concern in the governments of Europe and the United States.

The two texts presented – one in relation to NATO and the other to the United Statesplan to prevent further eastward expansion of NATO and the establishment of US military bases in former Soviet countries.

On Thursday, both the European Union and NATO again showed their support for Ukraine.

For seven years, The Atlantic Alliance has consistently denounced Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and has demanded respect for Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty, undermined by a conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country since 2014.

Both Russia and Western countries accuse each other of provocation by increasing their military capabilities on their common borders.

Amid the tensions of recent weeks, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin declared on Sunday that he will discuss with the country’s military leadership about the most suitable response to what he described as an attempt to expand NATO in Ukraine..

In an interview with the channel Russia 1, the Russian president affirmed that NATO could face “various responses” from MoscowBut “it will depend on what the military experts propose,” he added.

(With information from AFP)

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