The United States said before the security talks with Russia that it “has no firm commitment”

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the COP26 United Nations Climate Summit in Glasgow on November 2, 2021 in Moscow via a conference call.

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WASHINGTON – The Biden administration reiterated on Saturday that the United States will “not make firm commitments” in diplomatic talks with Russia next week.

The talks between Washington and Moscow took place on the occasion of the shocking deployment of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border.

A senior government official who asked not to be named on Saturday warned Russia of false information ahead of diplomatic talks scheduled to begin in Geneva next week.

“I can assure you in advance that these talks will not make firm commitments. These talks will be serious, specific, but exploratory. Everything discussed needs to go back to Washington for consideration, and it also needs to be discussed with partners and this week. Allies later,” the senior government official told reporters.

For months, Kiev has been warning allies of the United States and Europe that tens of thousands of Russian troops are gathering on its eastern border. This buildup triggered the shadow of Russia’s annexation of Crimea on the Black Sea peninsula in 2014, which triggered international turmoil and triggered a series of sanctions against Moscow.

“Although if Russia does choose another path, we are more willing to ease the situation diplomatically, but we are fully prepared and fully aligned with our partners and allies. We need to pass financial sanctions and export controls for key industries. Russia imposes high costs, strengthens NATO’s force posture on allied territories, and increases security assistance to Ukraine,” a senior government official told reporters.

When asked, the official declined to elaborate further on the specific steps that the Biden administration intends to take.

“We will learn more about which way we are going in a week or so,” the official said, adding that the United States will attend the meeting with “a sense of reality, not optimism.”

The official added: “We are willing to see whether Russia is participating in these talks in a serious and results-oriented manner to discuss these issues.”

On December 7, 2021, during a security video call in the Situation Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a virtual meeting when the West was worried about Moscow’s plan to attack Ukraine.

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The Russian Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

The latest revelations follow A high-risk call Between presidents Joe Biden And the President of Russia Vladimir Putin In the large-scale military buildup on the Ukrainian border.

On the conference call on December 30th, The second known discussion between the two leaders this monthIt was arranged at Putin’s request.

Biden reiterated his concerns and threatened again that if Russia further invades Ukraine, his government will “respond decisively” with allies and partners.

The Russian President had previously insisted that despite the deployment of thousands of soldiers on the Ukrainian border, Moscow was not prepared to invade its former Soviet neighbours. Putin also defended the right to deploy troops on the Russian border and accused NATO of increasing tensions by establishing troops in countries adjacent to Russia.

Russia describes NATO’s eastward expansion as a “red line” that poses a security threat to Moscow.

Biden refused Accept Putin’s “red line” on Ukraine During their two-hour video call on December 7.

Since 2002, Ukraine has sought to join NATO, the world’s most powerful military alliance, Article 5 of Fan Group Point out that an attack on one member state is considered an attack on all member states.

Next week, US and Russian officials will hold security talks, focusing on the arms control agreement, NATO and Russian military activities, and the growing tensions in Ukraine. The January 10 meeting will be held as part of the strategic security dialogue announced by Biden and Putin during the talks. June Geneva Summit.