The United States does not expect any breakthrough from negotiations with Russia.
The United States will continue to provide Ukraine with the military defense assets needed to strengthen the Ukrainian army. At present, the Russian Federation has “put arms at the head of Ukraine,” and therefore Washington does not expect a breakthrough from negotiations with Moscow.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken made such a statement in an interview with CNN on the eve of Russian-American talks.
“We have clearly stated that we will continue to support Ukraine by providing it with military equipment so that it can defend itself,” he.
Blinken noted that “it is also clear that in the event of further Russian aggression, NATO will intensify even more.” In addition, he added that the Russian Federation should make a choice between dialogue and confrontation.
“There is a path of dialogue and diplomacy to try to resolve some of these differences and avoid confrontation. Another path is confrontation and serious consequences for Russia if it renews its aggression against Ukraine,” Blinken said.
Commenting upcoming negotiations between the US and the Russian Federation, Blinken said that against the background of a large build-up of Moscow's military forces on the border with Ukraine, progress in the dialogue will be difficult.
“It is very difficult to see that this will happen when there is an escalation, when Russia is holding weapons at the head of Ukraine of 100,000 troops near its borders,” Blinken said.
Recall, January 10 a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission will take place in Brussels . Also on January 10, US and Russian diplomats will hold security talks in Geneva to discuss the military activities of both countries and the growing tensions around Ukraine.
On January 12, a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council will take place in Brussels and January 13 – meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council , where relevant issues will be discussed.
As reported, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs published the text of the draft The Treaty between Russia and the United States on “security guarantees”, as well as the Agreement on security measures for the Russian Federation and NATO member states.
Moscow demands that NATO legally formalize the refusal to accept Ukraine into the Alliance. Russia offers the United States to subscribe to the thesis that it is now forbidden to develop “bilateral military cooperation” with Ukraine.