Russia says Ukraine talks hit dead end Poland warns of risk of war
– Polish Foreign Minister Andrzej Duda warned Thursday that Europe is closer to war than at any point in the previous 30 years as Russia provided a gloomy assessment of diplomatic attempts this week to ease tensions over Ukraine.
Attempts by Russia and the West to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO and turn back decades of the alliance’s development in Europe have reached a dead end, the Russian government has claimed in recent months.
It was a scathing assessment before the week’s security discussions had even concluded, with the 57-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) convening in Vienna on Thursday (OSCE).
Zbigniew Rau, the Polish foreign minister, addressed envoys from the OSCE’s 57 nations without specifically mentioning Russia, but he did note difficulties in Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, and Moldova — all places where Russia has been accused of being a participant in current or frozen hostilities.
There appears to be a larger chance of conflict in the OSCE region than there has been in the previous 30 years, he said.
Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev warned that “for many weeks we have been confronted with the potential of a massive military escalation in Eastern Europe.”
At the meeting, he stated that no progress had been made.
According to RTVI, Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov, Russia’s military experts are proposing alternatives to President Putin in the event of further deterioration of the situation in Ukraine.
Talks with the United States in Geneva on Monday and with NATO in Brussels on Wednesday showed a “dead-end or divergence of perspectives,” he said, and he saw no need to sit down again in the coming days to re-start the same negotiations. However, he warned that
He warned that the West should not succumb to blackmail in the OSCE negotiations.
While rejecting an invasion plot, Russia has gathered roughly 100,000 soldiers along Ukraine’s border, forcing the United States and its allies to the bargaining table. Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, said the United States demands that they withdraw were unacceptable. Russia says Ukraine
Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, said that “despite the unsatisfactory week of great diplomacy for Russia, I believe that the only way for the Russians to confirm their lack of intention to solve problems by force is to continue the discussion in the established formats, in particular in the OSCE.” Russia says Ukraine
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Somber statements from Russian government leaders throw doubt on the possibility of an East-West diplomatic breakthrough at this tensest of times since the end of the Cold War.
Russia says Ukraine: According to the Russian Ambassador to the OSCE, Alexander Lukashevich said, “If we don’t hear a constructive response to our proposals within a reasonable timeframe and an aggressive line of behavior towards Russia continues, we will be forced to draw appropriate conclusions and take all necessary measures.”
He continued: “Russia is a nation dedicated to world peace. Having said that, we do not need peace at any cost. We are compelled to seek these legally formalized assurances of safety.”
While Russia has previously said that it is open to negotiations, it has also rebuffed requests to stop its force buildup and warned of undefined implications for Western security if such demands are ignored.
Russia says Ukraine: United States officials say Russian demands to reject Ukrainian membership and stop NATO military activities are non-starters but that they’re open to discussing weapons control, missile deployments, and confidence-building measures with Moscow.
Despite decades of NATO growth, Russia claims that it is committed to setting red lines and preventing the alliance from admitting Ukraine as a member or establishing a missile defense base in Ukraine.
Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, the NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that nations must be allowed to determine their own security arrangements.
Russia says Ukraine: New sanctions measure proposed by U.S. Senate Democrats on Wednesday will target senior Russian government and military leaders, including Putin, as well as important financial institutions, if Russia strikes Ukraine, according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.
It would be comparable to breaking off ties, according to Peskov.
In light of current discussions, “we see the emergence of such papers and remarks quite adversely,” he added.
“As we prepare for an open debate on how to increase security for the benefit of everyone, we must forcefully reject extortion and never allow violence and threats to be rewarded,” US ambassador Michael Carpenter said at the OSCE gathering. Russia says Ukraine
After this week’s negotiations, Russia said it will decide on its next course of action. If its demands aren’t met, it has warned: “military-technical actions” that haven’t been clarified. Russia says Ukraine
Russian withdrawal would prove that Russia was never serious about diplomacy in the first place by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Wednesday. Russia says Ukraine