Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba on Tuesday congratulated US Secretary of State Kiev on its “unity” with the West against the “ultimatums” launched by Moscow against Ukraine’s accession to NATO. Washington, for its part, is wondering if Russia is “ready to negotiate aggressively.”
The talks in Geneva (Monday) showed our strength in the unity and position in the face of Russia’s final warnings (…), “said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba in a telephone conversation with the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, the next day. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybkov meets Wendy Sherman, second in command of US diplomacy.
Dmytro Kouleba and Antony Blinken stressed that the United States is an essential security partner of their country, and on this occasion discussed the next steps to prevent Moscow from launching an attack on Ukraine, which is fighting a pro-Russian separatist insurgency. East of its border since 2014.
Doubts about the seriousness of Russia
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, meanwhile, questioned the motives for the killings Russia In connection with these negotiations.
“As soon as the Russians (…) say they’re willing to negotiate eagerly,” Moscow could use these talks to pretend that diplomacy is not working, “and its” aggressive “actions can continue, Zhen said. Press conference.
“‘S RelationshipsOtton Only Ukraine and thirty allies with Ukraine should be seen, “he reiterated” within this system.
Moscow continues to demand written guarantees to exclude Ukraine and another former Soviet republic, Georgia, from joining the Atlantic Alliance.
An important meeting on Wednesday in Brussels
Ultimately, the Geneva talks resulted in the establishment of new contacts between Russians and Americans.
The NATO-Russia Council meeting, which includes top diplomats of the coalition members and delegates from Moscow, is scheduled for Wednesday in Brussels for the first time since July 2019.
Paris, for its part, on Tuesday called a meeting of the Normandy group (France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine) “by the end of January” and sought to re-launch a “sign” solution from Kiev. Conflict. Ukrainian.
During the peace talks in Ukraine, the French president announced that the Kremlin’s ambassador, Dmitry Kozak, had “agreed to resume talks at the level of diplomatic advisers to the Normandy delegation.” “We expect to be able to hold the first meeting (at this level) by the end of January.”
The foreign ministers of the EU member states will discuss European proposals for security in Europe on Thursday and Friday. A French diplomatic source said the meeting would “be an opportunity to decide together on the next steps we want to take in our engagement with Russia.”