US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland expressed her hope that Moscow would “come back to the table” to continue diplomatic talks. “If Moscow rejects our offer for dialogue, the costs must be immediate and serious,” she warned.
Washington responded on Wednesday to Russian demands, so-called security guarantees. The Russian side is demanding from the US and Western countries legal guarantees not to extend NATO to the East, especially to Ukraine, and to withdraw the infrastructure of the North Atlantic Alliance to the state before 1997. Responses from the US were commented on Thursday by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. He said that while there was still room for dialogue with the United States, Russia’s main demands were not taken into account. He noted that Moscow needs time to carefully analyze the responses from Washington.
Nuland: If Moscow rejects our offer for dialogue, it must face quick and serious costs
On Thursday evening Polish time, US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland expressed her hope that the Russian side would study the response from the US and “come back to the table” to continue diplomatic talks.
– We are united and we are leaning towards diplomacy. But we are also united in our resolution that if Moscow rejects our offer for dialogue, the costs must be immediate and serious, Nuland told reporters.
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