© Reuters. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov attend security talks at the United States Mission in Geneva, Switzerland January 10, 2022. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
By Dmitry Antonov
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday it was not optimistic after a first round of talks with the United States on the Ukraine crisis and would not allow its demands for security guarantees from the West to become mired in tortuous negotiations.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was positive that Monday’s talks in Geneva had been held in an open, substantive and direct manner, but Russia was interested only in results.
“There are no clear deadlines here, no one is setting them – there is just the Russian position that we will not be satisfied with…