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The United States lowered expectations on Sunday for the meetings it will hold with Russia next week due to the crisis in Ukraine and announced that it does not expect any “relevant progress”, although the White House is willing to negotiate regarding missiles and maneuvers military.
“I don’t think we are going to see any relevant progress this week. We will put things on the table, and the Russians will do the same, and we will see if there is enough space to move forward, “US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview on CNN.
In another televised interview also on Sunday morning, in this case on ABC, Blinken explained that the areas to be explored between the two countries are “measures that contribute to building confidence and reducing risk” provided they are mutually adopted.
The United States government indicated on Saturday that the deployment of missiles in Europe and military maneuvers are two areas in which they foresee that “understandings” with Russia could take place.
“We are open to talking about it because we believe that progress can be made, although yes: always in consultation with our allies and always reciprocally,” he said in a phone call with journalists, including Efe, a senior official in the Administration American.
For its part, the Kremlin has already announced that it wants to agree with Washington and NATO a new framework for security in Europe, in such a way that the United States joins its unilateral moratorium on the placement of short and medium-range missiles in the United States. continent and the Alliance move their military maneuvers away from the Russian borders.
High-level delegations from the United States and Russia will hold a strategic dialogue in Geneva on Monday in which they will try to reduce the current tensions on the Ukrainian question, although this effort will continue multilaterally throughout the next week in Brussels and Vienna.
The US Undersecretary of State, Wendy Sherman, and the Russian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Riabkov, will lead the delegations that will meet in Geneva, which will seek to continue the rapprochement initiated with the summit between the presidents of both countries in June 2021 in the Swiss city.
Although Russia prioritizes dialogue with the United States, it has also agreed to meet with the Atlantic Alliance in Brussels next Wednesday, within the framework of the NATO-Russia Council.
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