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Russia remains open to negotiations as the United States rejects major security demands

Russia said yesterday that the United States was clearly unwilling to address major security concerns in the conflict over Ukraine, but left the door open for further dialogue.
The United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have called for a redraw of the post-Cold War security agreement in Europe since Russia rallyed troops near Ukraine on Wednesday, raising fears of western invasion. Submitted a written response requesting.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow needed time to consider a response and would not rush to a conclusion, but said it could not tolerate Russia’s main demands, a statement from the United States and NATO. Leaving little room for optimism.
“Based on what our colleagues (US and NATO) said yesterday, in the major categories outlined in those draft documents … our thoughts were considered, or motivation was considered. It’s absolutely clear that we can’t say, taking into account our concerns, “he said. “But we don’t rush to evaluate.”
Subtle Kremlin reactions have revealed that Russia has not uncontrollably rejected the US-NATO response or closed the door to diplomacy.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said NATO’s best way to ease tensions was to withdraw troops from Eastern Europe, but sought to curb the fear of aggression.
“We have already reiterated that no one in our country intends to attack. We believe that even the idea of ​​war between the people is unacceptable,” a provincial spokesman said. Mann Alexei Zaitsev said.
After Peskov spoke, Russian and Ukrainian dollar bonds hit by the crisis rose.
Russia’s dollar-denominated RTS index has risen and the ruble has recovered from a low of nearly 15 months.
However, as a sign of prolonged international concerns, oil hit a seven-year high of over $ 90 a barrel.
Russia is the world’s second-largest oil producer, and the crisis over Ukraine has fueled concerns about the disruption of energy supplies to Europe.
Washington and Berlin are also controversial, set to double the supply of cheap natural gas from Russia to Germany, amid growing concerns that Russia could invade its pro-Western neighbors. Warned that it could target the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
US State Department spokesman Edward Price told National Public Radio (NPR) that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline could be targeted despite concerns about gas supplies to Europe.
“If Russia somehow invades Ukraine, Nord Stream 2 will not move forward. We want to be very clear about it,” he said.
The pipeline was completed in September but has not yet been approved for use in Germany.
Initially wary of linking Nord Stream 2 to the Ukrainian crisis, Berlin is increasingly warning about the potential impact of the pipeline.
Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said yesterday that she was “working on strong sanctions” with her Western allies, covering several aspects “including Nord Stream 2.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was scheduled to talk with US President Joe Biden yesterday on security, energy and macro-financial support issues, a Zelensky spokesman said.
Russia’s security demands presented in December include the further termination of NATO expansion, banning the participation and withdrawal of allied forces and weapons from Eastern European countries that Ukraine participated in after the Cold War.
The US and NATO response was not disclosed, but they had already rejected these requests, expressing their willingness to tackle issues such as arms management, confidence-building measures, and limiting the size and scope of military exercises.
Turkey, a NATO member with good relations with both Kiev and Moscow, said it was important to keep talking.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mebrut Chabsogur said in Ankara, “Documents, one or two meetings cannot solve all problems.”
Western nations have warned of economic sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine, since Moscow merged Crimea and Russia-backed separatists began fighting Kiev government troops in eastern Ukraine in 2014. It is based on the measures imposed.
Diplomats from Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine in Paris on Wednesday and agreed that further talks should be held in Berlin within two weeks.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the agreement on further negotiations meant that Russia was likely to remain in diplomatic orbit for at least two weeks.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergeĭ Viklov said he hopes to initiate a serious dialogue with the United States, but only on secondary issues, not on basic issues.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that he would talk to Viklov again in the next few days, saying the US response “opens a serious diplomatic path if Russia chooses it.” ..
In a comment posted on the ministry’s website, Mr. Viklov said President Vladimir Putin will decide Russia’s next move.
Putin, who hasn’t spoken publicly about the crisis for weeks, talks about an unspecified “military technical response” (defense analysts say it could be related to missile deployment) if Russia’s demands are ignored. I warned.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry official Vladimir Ermakov said the nuclear missile crisis between Moscow and Washington would be inevitable without measures to ensure detention and predictability, Tass said.
Moscow said it believes Washington is preparing to deploy short-range and intermediate-range missiles in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Biden said he would not send US or Allied troops to fight Russia in Ukraine, but NATO said it would keep troops on standby and strengthen Eastern Europe with more ships and fighters.
Six US F-15 jets landed in nearby Estonia as four F-16 fighters flew from Denmark to Lithuania yesterday and NATO strengthened the eastern side on Wednesday.
On the streets of Kiev, there was concern that Ukraine might have been forgotten in high-level talks between Moscow, NATO and Washington.
“The United States is provoking Russia, Russia is provoking the United States, and there is Ukraine somewhere in the middle,” said 23-year-old businessman Dmytro Sylenko.
“Honestly, I don’t care who is provoking who. What matters to me is peace. I don’t care about the rest,” he told AFP.

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