Russian deputy FM: No progress made on Ukraine’s NATO membership in US talks

Russian deputy FM: No progress made on Ukraine’s NATO membership in US talks

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says there has been no substantial progress with regard to the ban on Ukraine’s membership in NATO during talks with his American counterpart.

Speaking to reporters following his meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Monday, Ryabkov said there had been no progress at security talks between Moscow and Washington on the question of ruling out future Ukrainian membership of NATO.

“This is one of the areas we have the greatest difference with the US. The US suggests that there is no way that Russia or whoever else may ever say on these types of issues but we underscore that for us it’s absolutely mandatory to make sure that Ukraine never, never ever becomes a member of NATO,” the Russian diplomat told a news conference in the Swiss city of Geneva.

Ryabkov stressed that Russia wants an “ironclad” guarantee…

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