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US lowers expectations for meetings with Russia

  • Russian diplomacy advances that will not make any concessions

  • The US Secretary of State hopes to “build trust”

The government of United States has lowered expectations for the meetings that he will hold with Russia next week and in which the crisis in Ukraine will be addressed. The White House has advanced that it does not expect any “relevant progress”, although it is willing to negotiate with respect to missiles and military maneuvers.

“I don't think we'll see any relevant previews this week. We'll put things on the table, and the Russians will do the same, and we will see if there is enough space to move forward, “the US Secretary of State has admitted in an interview on CNN, Antony Blinken

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“Build trust”

In another televised interview also on Sunday morning, in this case At ABC, Blinken has explained that the areas to be explored between the two countries are “measures that contribute to building trust and reducing risk” provided they are adopted reciprocally.

Russia faces security negotiations with the US with a stance immovable on the non-interference of NATO in its backyard

, especially Ukraine, and with the feeling that its results will shape relations with the West for years to come. “ We will not make any concessions “, warned this Sunday Sergey Riabkov , Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Chief Negotiator in the negotiations with the US in Geneva.

Military maneuvers and missiles

The United States Government has indicated this Saturday that the deployment of missiles in Europe and military maneuvers are two areas in which they foresee that “understandings” with Russia may take place.

“We are open to talk about it because we believe that progress can be made, although yes: always in consultation with our allies and always reciprocally “, stated in a phone call with journalists, including Efe, a senior official in the US Administration e.

The Kremlin has already advanced that it wants to agree with Washington and NATO a new framework for security in Europe, in such a way that The United States joins its unilateral moratorium on the emplacement of short and medium-range missiles on the continent and the Alliance moves its military maneuvers away from the Russian borders.

High-level delegations from the United States and Russia will hold a strategic dialogue in Geneva on Monday in which will try to reduce the current tensions on the Ukrainian question, although this effort will continue multilaterally throughout the next week in Brussels and Vienna.

The US Undersecretary of State, Wendy Sherman , and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Russian, Sergey Riabkov , will lead the delegations that will meet in Geneva, which will seek to continue the rapprochement initiated with the summit between the presidents of both countries in June 2021 in the Swiss city.

Lines Red for United States

The senior US Government official, however, has pointed out that one area in which they are unwilling to compromise is a possible Ukraine rapprochement with NATO, since “Russia cannot decide whose other countries are or cease to be allies”.

In the conversation between the US president last week, Joe Biden , and the Russian, Vladimir Put in , recognized that “there are areas where significant progress can be made” and that there are also other areas where agreements “can be impossible “, according to the version given by the White House.

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