Kremlin says no room for optimism about US talks over Ukraine

Kremlin says no room for optimism about US talks over Ukraine

The Kremlin says the first round of talks with the United States over Ukraine provided no ground for optimism and that further negotiations are necessary to ease tensions between the two sides.

Speaking at a news briefing in Moscow on Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the Monday talks in the Swiss city of Geneva as “positive” and said the negotiations had been held in an “open, substantive, and direct manner.”

Peskov, however, said there was no room for optimism and that the situation would be clearer after more rounds of talks.

“We see no real reason to be optimistic so far. The first round of the talks were positive, as Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov assessed them, regarding how it was held: in an open, substantive, and direct manner. But the purpose of this negotiation process is not the process itself, so it cannot satisfy us. The talks’ result is…

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