US and Russia safety talks on Jan. 10 amid Ukraine tensions

Ukrainian troopers walks underneath a camouflage web in a trench on the road of separation from pro-Russian rebels close to Debaltsevo, Donetsk area, Ukraine, Ukraine Friday, Dec 3, 2021.

Andriy Dubchak | AP

WASHINGTON – U.S. and Russian officers will maintain safety talks subsequent month amid an alarming Russian navy buildup on its shared border with Ukraine.

The Jan. 10 assembly will deal with arms management agreements, NATO and Russian navy exercise in addition to rising tensions over Ukraine. The assembly can be held as a part of the Strategic Safety Dialogue that President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced throughout their June summit in Geneva.

“Once we sit down to speak, Russia can put its considerations on the desk, and we are going to put our considerations on the desk with Russia’s actions as properly. We’ll adhere to the precept of ‘nothing about our Allies and companions with out our Allies and companions, together with Ukraine,'” a Nationwide Safety Council spokesperson advised NBC Information in an announcement.

“There can be areas the place we will make progress, and areas the place we are going to disagree. That is what diplomacy is about,” the spokesperson added, with out indicating who from the Biden administration would lead discussions.

The spokesperson stated that NATO allies will be a part of further talks which are slated for Jan. 12 and 13.

U.S. President Joe Biden holds digital talks with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin amid Western fears that Moscow plans to assault Ukraine, throughout a safe video name from the State of affairs Room on the White Home in Washington, U.S., December 7, 2021.

The White Home through Reuters

Earlier this month, Biden and Putin spoke for 2 hours through safe video amid a backdrop of compounding nationwide safety issues.

For months, Ukraine has warned Washington and European allies that 1000’s of Russian troops had been massing alongside its jap border, a growth that mimics Moscow’s 2014 invasion of Crimea. The annexation of the Black Sea peninsula sparked a global uproar and triggered a sequence of sanctions on Moscow.

Biden warned Putin that whereas his administration was not contemplating sending U.S. troops to Ukraine, an invasion of Russia’s ex-Soviet neighbor will set off financial and political countermeasures.

Throughout their name, Putin advised Biden that Ukraine’s bid to affix NATO have to be denied in return for assurances that Russian troops wouldn’t perform an assault.

Ukraine has sought acceptance into the world’s strongest navy alliance since 2002, the place an assault on one member nation is taken into account an assault on all of them.

The Kremlin has beforehand characterised NATO’s eastward growth as a direct safety menace, arguing that Ukraine’s admittance into the alliance may lead to NATO troop actions on Russia’s borders.

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