The lead US negotiator on the Ukraine-Russia border crisis, Wendy ShermanAnd Submitted to NATO on Tuesday details His talks with his Russian counterpartAnd The Kiev government called for an international summit.
Sherman, US Under Secretary of State and Russian Vice Chancellor Sergey Ryabkov held on Monday in Geneva Seven Hours Conversation To try to defuse tension on the border between Ukraine and Russia.
This Tuesday Sherman arrived in Brussels for talks with NATO allies. The transatlantic military alliance is preparing to participate in a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels on Wednesday.
On Thursday, the two sides will travel to Vienna, where they will join the meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The Sherman and Ryabkov meeting in Geneva was an attempt to reduce tensions on the border. This Tuesday, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, suggested holding a summit to address this issueWith the participation of France and Germany.
Report to NATO
While, In Brussels, Sherman met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and ambassadors to the Alliance to provide details of the talks.
at that meeting, The US official reviewed the content of the dialogue with Ryabkov for Stoltenberg.
Sherman confirmed this in a Twitter message The United States is committed to working with our allies and partners to urge a de-escalation and response to the security crisis caused by Russia.
In another tweet, Sherman assured the Kiev government that the allies “will not make decisions on Ukraine without Ukraine.”
After more than seven hours of negotiations in Geneva on Monday, The Russians and the Americans agreed to hold talks, although there were no concrete indications of progress.
On Wednesday, the ambassadors of the 30 NATO countries will meet with Russian representatives at the headquarters of the alliance.
at that meeting, Russia will be represented by Vice-Chancellor Alexander Grushko, Who is the He expressed his conviction that the meeting would be a “real moment”. Relations between the country and the transatlantic alliance.
“Our expectations are quite realistic and we hope this will be a serious and deep conversation.”Grushko said in Moscow.
anyway, The Ukrainian government acknowledged the “efforts” made by Russia and Western countries to reduce tensions.
“We can only welcome the intentions and efforts of the United States, Russia, NATO and Russia to defuse tensions and resolve all common issues at the negotiating table,” spokesman Sergei Nikiforov said in a statement. It was videotaped and sent to the agency. France Press agency.
acute border tension
Since tensions escalated after Russia focused a Huge military capacity along the border with UkraineAnd European officials complained that Washington took the lead in negotiations with RussiaThe bloc does not want to be excluded from the decision-making process.
Russia does not accept Ukraine’s accession to NATO (a move that could lead to the transatlantic alliance literally at the gates of Moscow), But Western countries point out that the Russian government cannot have a voice in this decision.
For European countries, the NATO membership application is a matter of sovereign statesWhile the alliance maintains an open door policy.
In this scenario, Russia presented its list of demands to reduce tensions, and the United States informed Moscow of the drastic consequences of Russian military action in Ukraine.
Russian government spokesman, Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday that talks between Sherman and Ryabkov in Geneva were positive, but added that “the important thing is the outcome and there is nothing we can say about the results so far.”
for this part, Sherman noted that Russia had not given any guarantees that it would not invade Ukraine.And He did not provide explanations for the concentration of 100,000 soldiers along the border with that country.
For the US official, some of the Russian demands were not acceptable, including banning the continued expansion of NATO towards Eastern European countries.
(With information from AFP)
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