Ukraine crisis: Talks between the West and Russia are ending in deadlock and the risk of war remains as real as ever
By SEAMLESS DAILY
14 January 2022
russia has issued a series of demands which aim to prevent nato from expanding any further east and also to reduce the alliance's presence near russia's borders.
is there any more clarity about what russia wants?
Hours of talks across Europe have failed to bridge the gap.
Russia's ambassador to the OSCE, Alexander Lukashevich, told Sky News it is NATO that's the aggressor.
All eyes are on Moscow as President Vladimir Putin makes his next move.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said on Thursday that the talks had been unsuccessful.
But other Russian officials say the diplomatic path will continue being pursued.
What is clear is that a week of intense diplomacy has done nothing to defuse this crisis.
She was speaking after talks between Nato and Russia, one of three diplomatic events this week aimed at reducing tension over Ukraine.
What happens next?
All eyes will be on Moscow and the movements of Russian troops and armour in the region around Ukraine.
Has the chance of war increased or decreased after the talks?
The probability that Putin was using the pressure on Ukraine as leverage to get something else was always small.
US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman has warned Russia that it must choose either diplomacy or confrontation with the West.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said Nato could not cherry-pick Moscow's demands.
The goal of joining Nato is part of Ukraine's constitution.
Russia's troop build-up near its border with Ukraine has sparked fears that it is preparing for an invasion.
Ms Sherman reiterated that the US and other Nato members would never agree to veto Ukrainian admission, pointing out that the military alliance had an open-door policy.
She said that the US and Nato were preparing for every eventuality.
Power of diplomacy Wendy Sherman forcefully declared the meeting a "remarkable expression of the power of diplomacy".
There was "complete unity" amongst Nato members in support of core principles that Russia is challenging, she said.
Speaking for Russia after Wednesday's talks in Brussels, Mr Grushko warned that a further deterioration in ties could lead to unpredictable consequences for European security.
On Thursday, talks will take place at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Vienna, the first time this week Ukraine will have a seat at the table.
Russian forces carried out live fire exercises along the Ukrainian border on the day of crucial talks with Nato aimed at defusing escalating tension amid deep concern over threats of a conflict.
Moscow has also not drawn back from its demands that Ukraine never becomes a member and that the alliance must stop its expansion and western forces must be withdrawn from states bordering Russia.
Nato has offered a series of further meetings on a series of issues including Ukraine, military exercises, and missile deployment but, said Mr Stoltenberg, the Russian delegation had yet to agree to the proposals.
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