US talks on Russia-Ukraine stand-off move to NATO
US talks on Russia-Ukraine stand-off move to NATO.
The United States briefed its western allies Tuesday ahead of new NATO-Russia talks to defuse the Ukrainian border crisis, as Kyiv demanded an international summit.
Then on Thursday the parties head to Vienna for a meeting of the permanent council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
But Washington's European allies are keen not to be sidelined, as President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin seeks to roll back what it sees as the West's post Cold War encroachment on its turf.
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday reiterated his demand that France and Germany join a new international summit between Moscow and Kyiv to end the conflict.
Moment of truth
"The United States is committed to working in lockstep with our allies and partners to urge de-escalation and respond to the security crisis caused by Russia," she tweeted.
After more than seven hours of negotiations in Geneva on Monday, the Russian and US officials both offered to keep talking, though there was no sign of a breakthrough.
The next encounter will come on Wednesday, when ambassadors from the 30 NATO members will meet Russian envoys at their Brussels headquarters.
Ryabkov has returned to Moscow and Russia will be represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko, who described the meeting as "a moment of truth" in Russia-NATO relations.
The allies have long insisted that NATO membership is a matter for sovereign states to decide for themselves and vowed to preserve their open door policy.
And they have threatened massive economic and financial sanctions against Moscow if its huge troop build-up on Ukraine's frontiers and in already Russian-occupied Crimea turns into a new invasion.
But, speaking after Monday's talks and ahead of his return to Brussels, Grushko insisted: "Our expectations are entirely realistic and we hope that this will be a serious, deep conversation."
He said Russia would demand a comprehensive response from the alliance to its demands.
"We will push for a concrete, substantive, article-by-article reaction to the Russian draft agreement on guarantees," he added.
Some demands 'non starters
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Monday's talks had been positive but that "what's important here is the result. There is nothing to say yet about the result."
Sherman said Russia offered no proof it would not invade or any explanation for why it has deployed some 100,000 troops towards the Ukrainian border.
She had offered de-escalation moves, with Washington and Moscow to agree on reciprocal limits to missile batteries and exercises.