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Russia talks buy time for Ukraine but stark disagreements signal dead-end ahead – POLITICO

Russia talks buy time for Ukraine but stark disagreements signal dead-end ahead – POLITICO
After eight hours of discussions in Geneva, diplomats voice irreconcilable differences.

“Essentially it is said that Russia wants to trade its, quote-unquote, threat against Ukraine for more flexibility on the part of U.“There is no intention to attack Ukraine from Russia,” he said at one point.” But he also said Russia had zero intention of pulling back the 100,000 or more troops plus tanks and other heavy weaponry that it has amassed on the Ukrainian border, asserting once again — and without basis — President Vladimir Putin’s claim that Ukraine and Western powers, including the U.” Sherman said Russia must decide if it genuinely wants a diplomatic solution, but she called out the Kremlin for its prior attacks on Ukraine.

“We underscore that for us, it’s absolutely mandatory to make sure that Ukraine, never, never ever becomes member of NATO,” he said.“So we would favor a formal replacement — eventually at the forthcoming Madrid summit of NATO — of the Bucharest formula of 2008 that says, Ukraine will become member of NATO, with exactly the wording I mentioned now: Ukraine and Georgia will never ever become member of NATO.

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