At the outset of their pro diplomatic discussions with the United States, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov ruled out any chances for concessions on their take on disputes regarding Ukraine. Russian news agencies reported that the Kremlin is highly disappointed by the stands of the United States and NATO on the issue and denied accepting any kind of pressure. There would be no immense breakthrough outcomes in the upcoming discussions in Geneva, Ryabkov reportedly asserted.
Wendy Sherman, the US deputy secretary of state, is scheduled to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Monday to discuss the rising pressures along the Ukrainian border. Russia will meet with NATO in Brussels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna during this week of high-level negotiations.
A possible invasion?
The bilateral relationships between the ex-Soviet counterparts Russia and Ukraine had been on strains for years now. Lately, Putin has deployed a huge mass of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border which has led to new tensions between the countries. The latter’s decision to join hands with NATO, a Washington allegiance, has been pricking the Kremlin at the core. NATO or North Atlantic Treaty Organization was founded in 1949 to protect the people and territory of the countries in the membership. It comprises a group of 30 countries in Europe and North America. Russia presented a set of demands on its behalf last month, including declarations on:
- Ban further expansion of NATO to western Europe. Russia calls it a red-line on their security issues.
- End of their activity in countries that joined after 1997 in Central and Eastern Europe.
- They expressed strong contempt for the chances of US military activities in the European continent.
Any such charges were refuted by the US. Instead, Washington underlined its fears about Russia's potential invasion of Ukrainian territory if the situation worsens. Jens Stoltenberg, the NATO Secretary-General, confirmed the suspicion. The two countries have been in a state of hostility for more than seven years. In 2014, Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and backed separatist rebellions in the country, which resulted in thousands of fatalities on the count.
US and EU responses:
The authoritarian and undemocratic intentions of Russia are being widely criticized by the world. The US spokesperson responds that Putin’s country would have to face severe consequences if they make any kind of intrusive move towards Ukraine. The demand for the withdrawal of Russian troops deployed at the Ukrainian border is increasing. NATO and the United States have made it clear that they are ready to hold any kind of conversations with the Kremlin to avoid any possible chances of war. The parties are insisting on creating a positive environment between the borders and a peaceful solution for the caused disagreements.
The current situation is said to be the tensest in US-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War. The Russian president, who is losing public support as a result of domestic difficulties caused by the pandemic, is purportedly seizing the opportunity to reclaim favor. All eyes are now on the positive conclusions that will be reached as a result of future diplomatic conversations.
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