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, the west is increasingly trying to solve the conflict with Russia in view of the tensions in the Ukraine crisis. After a first round of talks between Washington and Russia did not bring a breakthrough, the NATO Russia Council in Brussels meets on Wednesday for the first time in Brussels. Russia's Vice-Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko spoke on Tuesday from the "hour of truth". Meanwhile, Ukraines President Wolodymyr Selenskyj welcomed the efforts of all sides and demanded new negotiations in Normandy format. © Anatolii Stepanov In view of the tensions in the Ukraine crisis, the West tries to strengthen the conflict with Russia diplomatically this week. After a first round of talks between Washington and Russia did not bring a breakthrough, the NATO Russia Council in Brussels meets on Wednesday for the first time in Brussels.
The West drives, given a massive Russian troop march on the border with Ukraine, ensuring that Russia is preparing an invasion of the neighboring country after the Crimea's annexation. This categorically shows the Kremlin. At the same time, he demands on the US and NATO agreements to prohibit an eastward enlargement of NATO and the establishment of US military bases in states of the former Soviet sphere of influence.
Russia holds live-fire drills with tanks and troops near Ukraine's border while expressing pessimism about talks with US
"It's too early to tell whether the Russians are serious about the path to diplomacy or not," the White House said on Tuesday.The drills came as the Kremlin expressed pessimism about diplomatic discussions with the US aimed at staving off a broader conflict. Russia in recent months has gathered tens of thousands of troops on Ukraine's border, prompting fears of an invasion.
"It is not exaggerated to say that the hour of truth came to alliance in our relations," said Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Grushko, according to several Russian news agencies. Moscow will penetrate that "the Russian draft of a guarantee agreement will be answered concretely, extensive and articles for articles".
meanwhile, the Kreml rated the call start between Moscow and Washington on Monday as "positive". Nevertheless, it was too early to optimistic about possible results, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said. After seven hours, the negotiations had come to an end without breakthrough. Washington warned Moscow at the meeting again in front of an invasion of Ukraine.
On Tuesday, US Deputy Foreign Minister Wendy Sherman informed European allies on the contents of the conversation from the previous day. Together with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Sherman reaffirmed a uniform NATO approach to Russia, which produces a balance between deterrence and dialogue ".
Russia and NATO meet for make-or-break talks on Ukraine crisis
Representatives from Russia and NATO are meeting in Brussels on Wednesday for high-stakes talks aimed at defusing growing tensions over Russia's military buildup near the Ukraine border. © Olivier Matthys/AP NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, on Monday. The meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) comes as the two sides are stuck in deadlock, with fears mounting that Russia could launch an invasion into Ukraine. Moscow has dismissed such claims.
Video: Putin aggravates sound in Ukraine conflict (AFP)
Ukraine Meanwhile, every interference of Moscow in the question of a NATO membership Kiev's. "This is a 'red line', which will not exceed Ukraine nor our partners," explained Foreign Minister Dmytro Kulba on Tuesday.
President Selenskyj welcomed the diplomatic efforts of the United States and Russia as well as NATO and Russia. He also urged a new summit meeting with Russia, Germany and France to relax the situation at the border of his country.
"It's time to agree on an end to the conflict," it said in a statement by the Ukrainian Presidential Office. "We are ready to meet the necessary decisions at a new four-seater summit." Previously, Selenskyj in Kiev had met the consultants of the French President and the German Chancellor, Emmanuel Bonne and Jens Plötner.
Ukraine recalled in the past repeatedly to such quad culverts in the so-called Normandy format, with the proposals of Moscow as a rule been rejected. The last summit of this kind in Paris in December 2019 had tentative progress, but then the peace process came back into a dead end.
In the east of Ukraine, since the annexation of the peninsula Crimea 2014, Ukrainian troops and Prorussian fighters face. More than 13,000 people died in the conflict.
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Analysis: Neither Joe Biden nor Vladimir Putin can afford to lose their Ukraine standoff .
Escalating psychological warfare between the United States and Russia over Ukraine is fast approaching a point at which a peaceful exit from a crisis with real-world ramifications for Americans could be impossible. © Getty Images President Joe Biden, backed by the full symbolic power of the Western alliance, is locked in a showdown with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is using Ukraine as a hostage to try to force the US to renegotiate the settled outcome of the Cold War. Neither man is blinking. To do so may be unfeasible, given the huge political stakes both have wagered.