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U.S. Says Progress With Russia Hinges on Ukraine De-Escalation

Wendy R. Sherman, the U.S. deputy secretary of state, said there was potential for agreements with Russia in areas such as arms control and communication, but only if Russia pulled back its threats against Ukraine.

In today’s meeting, the NATO allies offered their views on areas where NATO and Russia could make progress together in a way that strengthens security for all of us, and indeed for the world. These include reciprocal actions around risk reduction and transparency, improved communication and arms control. We told the Russian delegation that we are united in our position. That escalation does not create optimum conditions for diplomacy, to say the least. That is now the situation we face. As we speak, Russia has amassed more than 100,000 troops along Ukraine’s borders in an unprovoked military buildup. Secretary General Stoltenberg opened today’s meeting by expressing his hope that the NATO-Russia council could convene again soon to have deeper discussions on the areas where we can make progress together to strengthen security for all. That is a position shared by all the NATO allies. If Russia walks away, however, it will be quite apparent they were never serious about pursuing diplomacy at all. It’s very hard to have dialogue, to have diplomacy, that is conducive to success when in fact, you have 100,000 troops, live fire exercises, propaganda, disinformation, other efforts to subvert that environment, makes it quite difficult. So if Russia wants to reach success through diplomacy, and I certainly hope they do because the consequences for them will be quite severe if they don’t, then they should de-escalate.

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U.S. Says Progress With Russia Hinges on Ukraine De-Escalation

By Reuters January 12, 2022

Wendy R. Sherman, the U.S. deputy secretary of state, said there was potential for agreements with Russia in areas such as arms control and communication, but only if Russia pulled back its threats against Ukraine.

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