Russia proposes new Putin-Biden talks on Ukraine


Russia announced today that it is ready to send its negotiator “at any time” to immediately begin talks with the United States on the security guarantees it seeks, in order to defuse the crisis in Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peshkov even said that Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, who had videoconferences on December 7, could speak again before the New Year, although no agreement had been reached.

Peshkov specifically said that “Russian President Yuri Usakov’s adviser told US President’s Adviser on Security, Jake Sullivan, that Russia was ready to start talks immediately on draft security guarantees,” and that ” Undersecretary of State Sergei Ryabkov will be “ready to go to any neutral country at any time” to start talks.

He added that “Ushakov gave Sullivan clarifications on the drafts of two documents related to the treaty and the agreement on security guarantees, which were delivered to the American side yesterday through diplomatic channels.” However, Peshkov did not disclose the details of the contents of the two documents, telling reporters that they would find out “in due course”.

“What is important,” Peshkov said, “is that Ushakov conveyed to Sullivan our position that we are ready to start talks immediately on the drafts of these two documents,” he said. “Ryabkov, who will conduct these talks with various competent experts, will be ready at any time to travel to any neutral country to start these talks.”

The US side announced on Wednesday that Ushakov and Sullivan had a telephone conversation to resume the video conference between Putin and Biden.

Ukraine and the United States say Russia has deployed more than 90,000 troops within walking distance of the Ukrainian border and may be ready to invade, which Moscow denies.

Russia says it feels threatened by growing ties between NATO and Ukraine, which wants to join the alliance, and the possibility of NATO missiles being deployed on Ukrainian soil.

Asked about the possibility of talks between Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Peshkov reiterated Moscow’s position that it was unclear what the agenda of such a debate would be.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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