Senior US and Russian officials meet to begin special talks in order to strategically solve the rapidly surging tense situation in Ukraine.
The Russian and senior US personnel will be talking to take part in diplomatic refuge to diffuse the tension regarding the Russian military influx at the Ukrainian border.
No major breakthrough is expected immediately but these talks are very necessary to diffuse the situation in the region.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov along with his delegation arrives at the US diplomatic mission while being escorted by the Swiss police to have a face-to-face talk with Wendy Sherman, the Deputy Secretary of State, and her team.
The talk is said to be a lethal part of the “strategic security dialogue” talks regarding arms control and other issues which were launched by presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin during the summit that took place in June last year.
Russian minister Sergei Ryabkov stated that the round of talks which will take place will be difficult.
This meeting will be followed by a very crucial NATO-Russia meeting in Brussels on Wednesday and soon after a multilateral organization for security and cooperation meeting in Vienna on Thursday,
Russia has been in talks with the US and its western allies, in order to guarantee that NATO is no longer planning to expand eastward especially into the former states of the soviet such as Ukraine.
According to the recent development., Russia has deployed approximately 100,000 troops in person at the Ukrainian border, raising the concerns across the world of a “possible deeper military intervention”
On the other hand, the State Department spokesperson needs to state that the United States is committed to “the international principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and the freedom of sovereign nations to choose their own alliances.”
Price stated Sherman “affirmed that the United States would welcome genuine progress through diplomacy.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that “he is not expecting any kind of breakthroughs from these strategic talks.”
“It’s very hard to see that happening when there’s an ongoing escalation when Russia has a gun to the head of Ukraine with 100,000 troops near its borders, the possibility of doubling that on very short order,” Blinken said
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also sought to play down expectations.
“I don’t think that we can expect that these meetings will solve all the issues,” he told reporters in Brussels on Monday after talks with Olga Stefanishyna, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister for Europe and Euro-Atlantic Integration. “What we are hoping for is that we can agree on a way forward, that we can agree on a series of meetings, that we can agree on a process.”