Russia and the United States hold a working dinner to open the Geneva talks

Senior Russian and American officials held a working dinner in Geneva as part of a series of meetings held in three European cities this week. Bilateral relations are at a low ebb due to Russia’s military build-up near Ukraine

Diplomatic officials said that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and other Russian officials arrived at the residence of the US ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament. Luxurious apartment overlooking Lake Geneva. Ryabkov is meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and her team.

According to TASS news agency, earlier on Sunday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharov said on state television that the first round of “narrow” security negotiations would take place on the same day.

The less formal meeting on Sunday was held before the broader discussion between the two diplomats and their teams in the United States Mission in Geneva that began on Monday. Approximately 100,000 soldiers were deployed on the borders of Ukraine. . Concerns about Russia’s broader military invasion of the country have intensified.

The government of Russian President Vladimir Putin listed a series of requirements, such as seeking to ensure that the NATO military alliance will not further expand eastward to the former Soviet republics such as Ukraine or Georgia.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken stated on ABC’s “This Week” program on Sunday that he does not expect any results from bilateral talks in Geneva, talks in Brussels, a NATO-Russia Council meeting, and talks organized by the United Nations. breakthrough. European Cooperation and Security in Vienna later this week.

The United States and other Western allies have promised that if Russia takes action against Ukraine, it will pay a “heavy price.”

“The real question now is whether President Putin takes the path of diplomacy and dialogue or seeks confrontation,” Brinken said.