The United States and Russia will talk about nuclear disarmament and tensions with Ukraine on January 10, a national security spokesman told AFP on Monday (27).
“The United States has promised to hold talks with Russia,” a National Security Council spokesman said.
The meeting between Russia and NATO is likely to take place on January 12, followed by a meeting between Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on January 13.
“Russia can put its concerns on the table, especially with regard to Russia’s actions,” he said.
The January 10 bilateral meeting will be part of a strategic defense dialogue initiated by Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin during the summit in Geneva last June.
While the format is primarily aimed at reviewing post-Cold War nuclear weapons deals, discussions are revolving around the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border, where Moscow has sent tens of thousands of troops, a senior US government official said. Who does not wish to be named.
Meetings with NATO and OSCE will focus on the Ukrainian issue.
On December 17, Russia announced two treaty plans to tighten US and NATO influence near its borders.
The documents allege that Americans and Europeans are preparing for a military offensive in Moscow amid rising tensions between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian border.
The two texts presented – one on NATO and the other on the US – are aimed at preventing NATO’s expansion to the east and the establishment of US military bases in the former Soviet Union.
On Thursday (23), both the European Union and NATO reaffirmed their support for Ukraine.
For seven years now, the Atlantic Coalition has formally condemned Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Peninsula from Crimea and demanded that Ukraine respect its regional sovereignty, which has been undermined by the conflict with pro – Russian separatists in the country’s east since 2014.
Russia and the West accuse each other of provoking each other and increasing their military capabilities along their common borders.
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