According to France 24, quoting the White House, the United States and Russia will conduct discussions on nuclear weapons control and increasing international hostilities over Ukraine on January 10.
The United States is looking forward to improving its relationship with Russia. Once they sit down to discuss, Russia will be capable of putting its worries on the table; the United States will be able to put its reservations about Russia’s operations on the table as well.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council indicated bilateral discussions are set for January 10.
US and Russia agree to sit down for security talks and discuss Ukraine on January 10https://t.co/wOK6IyrHWH
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) December 28, 2021
A Series of Planned Meetings and Discussions
According to a statement, the discussion in January will take effect within the scope of the Strategic Security Dialogue initiative, which was launched by US President Biden and his Russian equivalent, Vladimir Putin, at the Geneva summit in June of last year.
According to a senior official from the United States presidential government, the format is primarily concerned with resurrecting nuclear arms monitoring agreements after the close of the Cold War.
However, the discussions will also center on the ongoing standoff in Ukraine, where Russia has currently deployed a significant military force.
US and Russia to hold talks amid Ukraine tensions, says White House https://t.co/H5Tc7xX83e
— The Guardian (@guardian) December 28, 2021
Then, on January 12, government delegates from Moscow and NATO are due to convene in Brussels.
On top of that, on January 13, a meeting will be held between Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), including the United States.
All of the attention will be focused on Ukraine at the NATO-Russia Committee meeting and in the discussions between Moscow and the OSCE Parliamentary Council.
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, discussions with the United States on the so-called security assurances are expected to take place after the New Year’s vacation.
NATO’s Progression East Must be Halted
In early December, Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted Russia plans to seek dependable and long-term public safety assurances.
In agreements with the United States and its allies, Russia will continue to rely on the development of specific contracts that will exclude any NATO progression to the east.
Prior to that, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated the development of NATO’s military installations on Ukrainian territory might be a significant red flag for Russia.
Putin stated if NATO’s network continues to grow, Russia will be obliged to develop a comparable system in response to a danger of this nature.
At the same time, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stressed the alliance’s assistance to Ukraine does not pose a danger to Russian interests.
It will be interesting to see what the discussions between the countries will yield. However, one thing is certain! The US will push for a favorable deal. Will Putin and Russia agree to the terms? It is too soon to call.