The Kremlin said the two leaders discussed Ukraine as well as Putin’s requirements for “security guarantees”, including a legally binding pause on NATO’s expansion to the east. winter. They agreed to stay in touch by phone and “work in a timely manner on the possibility of holding an in-person meeting”, the Kremlin said.
Understanding Russia’s relationship with the West
Tensions between regions are growing and Russian President Putin is increasingly willing to take on geopolitical risks and assert his demands.
American officials said on Monday they had received a Russian response to Washington’s proposal, made last week, to defuse the Ukraine crisis. But a State Department official would not detail the response, saying the Biden administration was reluctant to negotiate in public.
On Tuesday morning, the US secretary of state, Antony J. Blinken, is scheduled to speak by phone with the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov.
But even as Security Council diplomats stress the need for a peaceful resolution, the rhetoric between the Russian and American envoys shows a rift between the two sides over Ukraine, and the threat of military force, remains acute.
In Ukraine itself – where many have been alarmed by the constant threat of Russian military maneuvers, cyber-sabotage and disinformation – anxiety has multiplied. hundreds of bogus bomb threats. Ukrainian officials say the threats, possibly instigated by Russia, are intended to sow panic and fear. They said the number of fake bombings in January was six times the level of last year.
Ukraine has called on Moscow to de-escalate the situation.
“Russia has repeatedly stated that it does not want war,” Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, said in a video conference for reporters. “Russia can prove those words by immediately reducing military, political and economic pressure on Ukraine. It can give up ideas of destabilizing the situation inside Ukraine with fabricated protests, cyberattacks and attempts to disrupt normal life.”
Tensions around Ukraine, a former Soviet republic of 44 million people that have recently drifted towards the West, have simmered since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula in 2014 after the friendly government with Russia in Ukraine was overthrown.
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