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Russia says no plan to invade Ukraine in a security talk with U.S.

On Monday, the United States and Russian officials held an intense round of negotiations in Switzerland to find a diplomatic solution to ease tensions amid Russian threats of military action in Ukraine.

AS Russian troops are marching along Ukraine’s borders, both countries had an intense round of negotiations on Monday. The two sides kept talking, but they were far away from addressing and meeting each others’ security concerns. 

In the meeting, Russian officials told their U.S. counterparts that they have no plan to invade Ukraine.

“There is no reason to fear some kind of escalatory scenario,” Sergei Ryabkov, a Russian deputy foreign minister, said to reporters in an interview after the meeting finished. 

“The talks were difficult, long, very professional, deep, concrete, without attempts to gloss over some sharp edges,” Ryabkov said. “We had the feeling that the American side took the Russian proposals very seriously and studied them deeply.”

 The lead U.S. diplomat, Wendy Sherman, said that the U.S. was pushing back the security proposals that were not justifiable for the United States including not admitting Ukraine into NATO. 

Sherman said that they will not allow anyone to change the NATOs’ open-door policy. He further said that  “We will not forgo bilateral cooperation with sovereign states that wish to work with the United States. And we will not make decisions about Ukraine without Ukraine, about Europe without Europe, or about NATO without NATO.”

Kremlin officials claim that the West forced the Kremlin to change the security map in Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union upon a weak Russia.

According to President Vladimir Putin, if the Kremlin does not get what it wants, it may resort to military means in order to achieve its goals.

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