In tensions related to Ukraine, the United States and Russia hold talks

As part of a series of diplomatic activities in Europe this week, senior US and Russian officials will officially launch special talks on strategic stability, aimed at easing tensions caused by Russia’s military build-up on the border with Ukraine.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabukov and his party arrived at the U.S. Embassy under the escort of the Swiss police and had a face-to-face meeting with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and his team. This meeting was part of the “Strategic Security Dialogue” talks initiated by President Joe Biden and President Vladimir Putin during their summit in a Swiss city in June.

After an informal work dinner on Sunday, Ryabkov predicted that there would be “difficult” talks in Geneva, followed by the NATO-Russia meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, and the Multilateral Security and Cooperation Organization in Vienna on Thursday. Meeting.

Moscow tried to win a series of concessions from the United States and its Western allies, including guaranteeing that NATO would not extend eastward to Ukraine and other former Soviet countries. Russia had assembled about 100,000 soldiers on the Ukrainian border, which caused concern. There may be deeper military interventions.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that at Sunday’s dinner, Sherman “emphasized the United States’ commitment to the international principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the freedom of sovereign nations to choose their own alliance”, referring to Ukraine and its The desire to join NATO.

Sherman “affirms that the United States will welcome real progress through diplomacy,” Price said in a statement.