Negotiations between the United States and Russia are scheduled for January 10, 2022.
According to the US government, direct talks with Russia are to take place in the near future. Putin’s demands to NATO for guarantees have been rejected.
According to the White House, representatives of the United States and Russia intend to discuss the conflict over Ukraine on January 10, 2022. The US National Security Council on Monday morning local time on December 27 this year. said in Washington that she welcomed the exchange of positions with Russia in the framework of the strategic dialogue on security issues.
During the discussion, the Russian side intends to express its concern about the current situation, the United States also intends to express its concern over the “active actions of Russia.” Further details of the dialogue are not disclosed.
The White House also said that Russia and NATO plan to meet on January 12, 2022. It will also mean that the NATO-Russia Council will meet again for the first time in two and a half years. It was recently reported that Moscow is still considering participating in the forum. According to the US government, a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will also be held on January 13.
Russia intends to halt NATO’s eastward expansion
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently reiterated his readiness to resolve tensions in the conflict over Ukraine through diplomatic channels.
At the same time, Russia intends to halt NATO’s eastward expansion and prevent Ukraine from joining the Alliance, which Moscow sees as a threat to its own state. The Western military alliance does not show any readiness to support such intentions of Russia.
Washington stressed that during the talks with Moscow, the United States will not make decisions without the participation of other NATO allies, including Ukraine. An official statement from the United States stated that “there are issues on which we can make progress and issues on which we do not have a common position.”
Concerns in the West, according to the German newspaper, have been sparked in recent weeks by reports that Russia has concentrated tens of thousands of its troops in the immediate vicinity of Ukraine.
The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday, December 25, that more than 10,000 Russian servicemen are returning to their permanent locations after completing their exercises. At the same time, the question remains as to how many of them will remain on the border with Ukraine.