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US-RUSSIA MEET IN GENEVA

US-RUSSIA MEET IN GENEVA

Context:

On January 10, 2022, Russian and United States officials held security talks in Geneva, launching a week-long operation in Europe to resolve Ukraine's conflict.

Key Highlights:

  • Sergei Ryabkov, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, and his delegation had discussions with Wendy Sherman, the US deputy secretary of state.

Significance of the Meeting:

  • The meeting is seen as a possible first step in reviving the dialogue between Moscow and Washington.
  • The relations between the two are strained due to the deployment of Russian troops near Ukraine.

Military build-up:

  • According to Washington, Russia has deployed around 100,000 troops near the border with Ukraine in recent months.
  • This has happened eight years after it captured the Crimean peninsula in its neighbour.
  • The military action has fueled fears in Kyiv and the White House of US President Joe Biden over another Russian invasion.
  • The US and other Western Ukrainian allies, including the European Union and the United Kingdom, have vowed to impose harsher sanctions on Russia - which is expected to face severe sanctions - if it does.

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