- The discussions may concern, inter alia, the scope of military maneuvers by the USA and Russia and the number of American soldiers stationed in Poland and the Baltic States
- The subject of negotiations may also be mutual notifications of troop movements and the issue of the deployment of Russian Iskander missiles in the Kaliningrad Oblast, NBC reports
- The US secretary of state noted on Friday that the failure of the talks may be used by Moscow as a pretext for aggression against Ukraine
- On Monday, a series of diplomatic meetings between Russia and Western countries will begin in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna
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The discussions may concern, inter alia, the scope of military maneuvers of the USA and Russia and the number of American soldiers stationed in Poland and the Baltic states, according to NBC. Television’s reports are based on interviews with one current member of the US administration and two former security officials who are familiar with the current preparations for diplomatic talks.
According to NBC, the subject of negotiations between the US and Russia may also include mutual notifications of troop movements and the issue of the deployment of Russian Iskander missiles in the Kaliningrad Oblast.
American television points out that the administration of Joe Biden, in the face of the concentration of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, on the one hand threatens Moscow with “unprecedented sanctions”, and on the other examines ways to reduce tensions in mutual relations.
“If Russia is willing to discuss a reduction in its presence in the region, the US will be ready to discuss certain moves,” a representative of the US government tells NBC. The source adds that any change in the US military presence in Europe will have to meet Russia’s appropriate mutual steps, and “the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine will not be enough.”
Blinken: the failure of the talks could be an excuse to attack
The American Secretary of State Anthony Blinken took the floor on possible options in talks with the Russians on Friday. – We are ready to start talks with Russia on risk reduction measures, transparency as well as nuclear and conventional threats, he declared. However, he added that these talks must be based on the principle of reciprocity.
Blinken noted at the same time that NATO has never promised that it would not accept new members and could not do so, and Russian demands on this issue are intended to “draw attention to discussions on NATO” and distract from Russian threats against Ukraine.
The head of US diplomacy admitted that the failure of the talks could serve as a pretext for Russia to resume aggression against Ukraine.
A diplomatic marathon is brewing
A series of talks between Russia and Western countries is scheduled for next week. On Monday in Geneva, a meeting of Russian and American diplomats will be held, which will deal with broadly understood security issues. On Wednesday, a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council is scheduled in Brussels, and a day later in Vienna, representatives of Russia will meet with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
In recent months, Russia has amassed around 100,000 people at the border with Ukraine. his troops, prompting fears that he intends to invade the country. The US has repeatedly called on Moscow to withdraw its troops.
Over 70,000 people are stationed in Europe. American soldiers. Approx. 6 thousand of them are located in Central and Eastern Europe, of which approx. in Poland.
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