Russia has proposed direct talks with the United States on security


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

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

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peshkov said in a statement that “Russian President Yuri Ushakov’s adviser to US President Jake Sullivan told Russia that Russia was ready to immediately start talks on the draft security agreements.” , as well as that Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov will be “ready to go at any time to any neutral country” to start talks.

A Kremlin spokesman said in a statement that “Ushakov had clarified to Sullivan the two draft documents concerning the treaty and the agreement on security guarantees, which were delivered to the US side through diplomatic channels yesterday.” 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,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei 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 “.

As the American side announced yesterday, Ushakov and Sullivan had a telephone conversation for the resumption of 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 not clear what the agenda of such a debate would be.  

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