Russia negotiates with America and demands guarantees to defuse the crisis in Ukraine
The Russian president had called on the West to provide immediate security guarantees in order to defuse the crisis.
US officials said talks could take place in JanuIG about Russia boosting its forces near Ukraine, after President Vladimir Putin said he hoped to hold a meeting in Geneva.
The Russian president called on the West to provide immediate security guarantees in order to defuse the crisis.
“The ball is in their court, and they have to give us some response,” Putin said at his annual press conference.
He added, “You must give us guarantees, and give them immediately.”
He threatened militIG action but denied planning to invade Ukraine.
Putin had demanded that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) give up its militIG activity in Eastern Europe and not accept Ukraine as a member.
Ukrainian security officials say more than 100,000 Russian soldiers have been sent to areas close to their country’s borders, and the United States has threatened Putin with unparalleled sanctions if Ukraine is attacked.
Senior White House officials have refused to accede to the Russian president’s basic demands that NATO give up all militIG activities in Eastern Europe and not accept Ukraine as a member, even though neither side has initiated it.
White House press secretIG Jen Psaki said that although there is no final agreement on diplomatic talks, the United States is working towards them and looking forward to them.