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  Ukraine: après Genève et Bruxelles, le dialogue se poursuit à l'OSCE à Vienne © AFP

P Lace at the third and final sequence of an intense diplomatic ballet to defuse the risk of a conflict in Ukraine : The Permanent Council of the OSCE meets Thursday in Vienna to continue the dialogue between the Russia , the United States and their European allies.

After stretched discussions in Geneva between the American and Russian vice-ministers of Foreign Affairs, Wendy Sherman and Sergei Riabkov, NATO and Moscow did Wednesday in Brussels the finding of their deep "divergences" on security in Europe .

In the same way, no breakthrough is expected in Austria.

"I do not think there will be concrete results this week. Our main objective is to establish a dialogue," summarizes the American ambassador with the OSCE, Michael Carpenter.

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rare East-West Forum

"Yes, our positions are antipodes (with Moscow) but that does not mean that we can not find land of understanding," he said on the television channel Independent Russian Dozhd. The challenge is to "determine in what forms can be deepened the discussion in the coming months".

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Multilateral Platform for East-West Discussions from the Cold War, is particularly suitable for this exercise.

This instance is a rare place of exchange including the United States and Russia are both members.

This is Thursday of the first session of the year, in the presence of ambassadors of the 57 Countries of the OSCE.

After the morning presentation by the new Polish Presidency of its priorities, Secretary General Helga Schmid will hold a press conference at 12:30 (11:30 GMT).

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No new Yalta

Westerners accuse Moscow of massaged in recent weeks some 100,000 soldiers, tanks and artillery at the border with Ukraine to prepare an attack against this country, an intention denied by the Russian authorities .

In the field, the conditions deteriorated for OSCE observers in areas controlled by Prorussian separatists, lamented the American ambassador, saying "extremely worried".

Since 2014, the organization is responsible for monitoring the respect of Minsk's peace agreements in the rebellious east of Ukraine.

"The surveillance missions have not yet detected abnormal on the territory" but at the border, "it is impossible for us to know what happens", warned Mr. Carpenter.

The head of NATO Jens Stoltenberg also had shown alarmist on Wednesday.

"The risk of a new armed conflict is real. The exit of crisis is the responsibility of Russia. It must engage in de-escalation," he argues.

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For its part, Moscow claims that this military deployment is a reaction to the presence considered growing and threatening NATO in what it considers as its area of ​​influence.

Russia also refuses any expansion of the Atlantic Alliance to countries located in its sphere of influence, such as Ukraine.

"Russia has proposed fundamentals that are very similar to a return to the status quo of before 1975, that is to say a Yalta II format, which actually results in the resurgence of blocks, areas of influence", s The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is worried in an interview with AFP.

"For us, it was unacceptable," he hammered, echoed by the head of the European diplomacy Josep Borrell who accused Moscow to want to "reconstitute the Soviet geopolitics glacis in Europe and attempting a decoupling between The United States and Europe ".

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