Sitemap

Ukraine Crisis: Why Russia-US Talks May Prove Crucial

Serbia Votes ‘Yes’ To Judiciary Constitution Changes

The Republic Electoral Commission held its second...

Australian Federal Court Confirms Decision To Revoke Novak Djokovic’s Visa

A three-member court panel of the Federal...

US Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Workplace Vaccine Mandate

The US Supreme Court has blocked President...

Roberta Metsola Elected New President Of The European Parliament

On Tuesday, MEPs elected Roberta Metsola (EPP, MT) as President of the European Parliament until 2024, with 458 votes...

Arthur D. Little Expands Into The Balkans With New Office In Serbia

Arthur D. Little (ADL) has opened a new office in Belgrade, Serbia. It will be managed by Bela Virag,...

Government Of Serbia Adopts Set Of Draft Election Laws

The government of the Republic of Serbia adopted a set of draft election laws: the Bill on the Election...

Statement By The Spokesperson On The Referendum About Constitutional Amendments

According to preliminary results, voters who went to the polls on Sunday in Serbia to vote on amendments to...

Serbia Votes ‘Yes’ To Judiciary Constitution Changes

The Republic Electoral Commission held its second extraordinary press conference on 17 January 2022 at noon to announce the...

Senior diplomats from the US and Russia are meeting in the Swiss city of Geneva for the first of a series of crunch talks aimed at defusing tension over Ukraine.

The stakes for these talks on Monday are high. But both sides hold wildly different expectations. The US and other Western powers want to dissuade Russia from invading Ukraine.

But Russia wants to talk about its maximalist demands for Nato to retreat from eastern Europe. It’s calling for Nato to pull its forces out of former Soviet countries, end any eastern expansion and rule out Ukraine joining the alliance.

Some US officials fear these demands are deliberately unrealistic, designed to be rejected and used as a pretext for military action. Other diplomats believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is aiming high to squeeze concessions out of a Western alliance that is willing to give ground to avoid war.

They say the Russian president is effectively demanding an end to Europe’s post-Cold War security architecture and the establishment of a Russian “sphere of influence”.

A high price

Given this, the US and Nato have dismissed most of Russia’s demands as “non-starters”. And the US has categorically denied reports it is considering possible troop reductions.

But American officials have said they are willing to look at curbs on military exercises and missile deployments.

One idea is a partial revival of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that the US abandoned in 2019 after Russia was accused of breaching its provisions. Other ideas are more measures to build confidence and greater transparency between Russia and the US.

The fear among some European allies is that even this would be too much of a reward for Russia, too high a price for trying to avoid conflict in Ukraine.

They fear the US might be willing to concede too much so it can focus more on China and domestic challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the economy.

The US is aware of these fears and repeatedly insists it will not agree anything about Ukraine or European security without those countries involved.

Either way, President Putin has already made some gains, winning a platform this week to air his grievances and force the US and Europe to engage with his agenda of Nato reform.

Both sides are playing down expectations of an immediate deal. But that does not mean this week’s talks are not important.

Related

Russia, China, Britain, U.S. And France Say No One Can Win Nuclear War

China, Russia, Britain, the United States and France have agreed that a further spread of nuclear arms and a nuclear war should be avoided,...

H.E. Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, Ambassador Of Russia To Serbia

Dialogue Is Needed In BiH, OHR Is Outdated

One does not need a chemist’s scales to understand that it was not the Bosnian-Serbs leadership that sparked the crisis situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, much...

A crucial staging post

At best, the talks could shed more light on Mr Putin’s intentions and reveal if he is serious about engaging in diplomacy.

At worst, a breakdown could lead to war, allowing Mr Putin to claim to his domestic audience that the West was not willing to talk and agree to his demands, and he was thus forced to act to ensure Russia’s security.

Western diplomats say they are ready for what they see as this false narrative: hence the Nato Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, insisting the alliance is ready for any Russian military action, and the firm warnings from the US and Europe that any invasion would be met with massive economic sanctions.

So, this week’s talks could prove a crucial diplomatic staging post, with the fate of Ukraine and Europe’s post-Cold War security architecture in the balance.

Source: bbc.com/news/, Photo: Getty Images

Related Articles

Russia, China, Britain, U.S. And France Say No One Can Win Nuclear War

China, Russia, Britain, the United States and France have agreed that a further spread of nuclear arms and a nuclear war should be avoided,...

Russian Court Fines Google, Facebook Over Banned Content

Moscow has accused Google and Facebook's parent company Meta of failing to remove illegal content from their platforms. It's the latest blow against tech...

H.E. Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, Ambassador Of Russia To Serbia

Dialogue Is Needed In BiH, OHR Is Outdated

One does not need a chemist’s scales to understand that it was not the Bosnian-Serbs leadership that sparked the crisis situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, much...

Russia Vetoes UN Resolution Linking Climate Change, Security

Russia has vetoed a first-of-its-kind U.N. Security Council resolution casting climate change as a threat to international peace and security Russia on Monday vetoed a...

Climate Change In 11 Charts

With COP26 underway, the climate crisis is in the spotlight. Here are the most important facts relating to how our planet has been changing. World...

Russia Suspends Its Mission To NATO

The Kremlin is also closing the alliance's liaison mission in Moscow. The announcement comes after NATO expelled eight members of the Russian mission to...

Serbian-Russian Business Forum Held

Free Trade Agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union and strategic ties with the Russian Federation help the resilience of the Serbian economy and contribute...

Global Wildfires: Greece Battles Inferno On Island Of Evia

Officials on Greece's second-largest island have urged for more firefighting support as blazes prompt locals and tourists to flee. Meanwhile, fires in Siberia are...