White House: negotiations with Russia on Ukraine and arms control will be held on January 10 The US National Security Council said it hopes to cooperate with Russia. Talks between Moscow and Washington are scheduled for January 10, two days later a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council will be held, followed by a meeting of OSCE representatives
Russia and the United States will hold talks on arms control on January 10 and the situation in Ukraine. This is reported by AFP with reference to the White House.
“The United States hopes to cooperate with Russia,” & mdash; a representative of the American National Security Council told the agency.
According to him, it is expected that on January 12 a meeting of the Council Russia & mdash; NATO, and the next day & mdash; negotiations between representatives of Russia and the OSCE.
The day before, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow is planning a main round of talks with Washington on security guarantees right after the New Year holidays. From the Russian side, they will be led by an interdepartmental delegation with the participation of the ministry and the military.
According to the minister, Russia does not put forward any ultimatums to the United States, but about an “ endless discussion '' there can be no question. For Moscow, the result of diplomatic efforts on this issue is important, and “ at a certain time, '' he said.
In mid-December, Russia handed over draft agreements on security guarantees to the United States and NATO. They contain clauses on the non-expansion of NATO to the east, non-joining the alliance of the countries of the former USSR and the prohibition of military activity on the territory of Ukraine. In addition, Moscow offered Washington to return to the principle of refusal to deploy ground-based intermediate and shorter-range missiles and nuclear weapons outside the national territory.
According to White House spokesman Jen Psaki, the American side may agree with some of Russia's proposals but not with those related to NATO. The United States said it was ready to begin diplomatic discussion of security guarantees from early January “ through multiple channels. '' Secretary of State Anthony Blinken admitted that negotiations could take place “ relatively early '' in 2022.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance is ready for a dialogue with Russia, but ruled out a compromise with Moscow on Ukraine's accession to NATO. He proposed to hold the first meeting of the Russia Council in 2.5 years & mdash; NATO January 12. On the same day, a meeting of the chiefs of general staff of the countries participating in the North Atlantic Alliance will meet in Brussels. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova previously reported that Moscow is considering “ in practical terms '' NATO proposal for a meeting at the level of ambassadors.
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