‘Disappointed’ by US signals, Russia rules out concession in talks over Ukraine

‘Disappointed’ by US signals, Russia rules out concession in talks over Ukraine

Russia’s deputy foreign minister says Moscow is “disappointed” by signals from Washington and Brussels demanding unilateral concessions from the Russian side ahead of talks intended to ease tensions over Ukraine.

Sergei Ryabkov was quoted by Russia’s Interfax and RIA news agencies as making the remark on Sunday, the day before negotiations in Geneva on a wide-ranging new security arrangement that Moscow is seeking with the West over NATO’s eastward expansion.

“We are disappointed with the signals coming in the last few days from Washington but also from Brussels,” Ryabkov said. “We will not agree to any concession. That is completely excluded.”

The high-level discussions between US and Russian diplomats are to resume on Monday after a weeks-long standoff over Russian troop deployments near its border with Ukraine.

Western governments accuse Russia of planning “an invasion” of Ukraine. Moscow has rejected the allegations and insisted that the border deployments are defensive…

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