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US ready to discuss missiles and military exercises with Russia: official

United States ready to discuss missiles and military exercises with Russia: official (representative)

Washington:

The United States is ready to discuss with Russia the missile systems and military exercises of the two countries, in talks which could begin as early as Sunday in Geneva, said a senior official of the White House on Saturday.

US and Russian diplomats are meeting in Switzerland in an attempt to defuse tensions as Washington and Europe accuse Moscow of planning a new invasion of its neighbor Ukraine.

“There are some areas (…) where we think it might be possible to make progress,” provided all promises are “reciprocal,” the official said, giving some details at a conference telephone.

“Russia has said it feels threatened by the prospect of setting up offensive missile systems in Ukraine … The US has no plans to do so. So that’s an area in which we may be able to come to an agreement if Russia is willing to do so. make a reciprocal commitment, “said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Moscow “has also expressed interest in discussing the future of certain missile systems in Europe, like the INF Treaty (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty)” and “we are open to discussing it,” he said. declared the responsible.

Finally, Washington was ready to discuss the possibility of reciprocal restrictions on the size and scope of military exercises conducted by Russia as well as the United States and NATO, the source said.

“We won’t know until we get to these conversations from tomorrow night whether Russia is ready to negotiate seriously and in good faith,” the official warned, saying the Russians and the Americans would likely have a ” initial conversation “Sunday night before holding their” main meeting “on Monday.

“We approach these meetings with a sense of realism, not a sense of optimism,” the source said, indicating that they would be “exploratory” and not lead to any firm promises.

“I would not be at all surprised if the Russian media would start reporting maybe even while the talks are still going on, that the United States has made all kinds of concessions to Russia. This is a deliberate attempt to create a division among the allies, in part by manipulating all of you, ”the official told reporters on the conference call.

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