New round of Russia-United States strategic dialogue begins in Geneva

Geneva.- United States and Russia began today in the permanent North American mission in Geneva a new round of the bilateral strategic dialogue mechanism, created in 2021 and which this time will focus mainly on the Ukraine crisis.

The delegations are led by the US Undersecretary of State, Wendy Sherman, and by the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Riabkov, who on Sunday held a first meeting in the Swiss city.

Although it is expected that tensions in Ukraine are one of the main issues on the agenda, the US delegation clarified that in the Geneva dialogue “they will not discuss European security issues, without the presence of the continent’s allies and partners,” although Russia yes it does.

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Multilateral issues, noted the US State Department, should be reserved for the encounters that Russia will keep on Wednesday in Brussels, together with U.S and other members of NATO, and on Thursday in Vienna, within the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Russia arrives in Geneva with a proposed security guarantee treaty that includes mutual commitments not to place more short- and medium-range missiles on European soil, and guarantees that NATO will not expand further east, towards former republics of the former Soviet Union.

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It is expected that the closed-door meetings will last throughout the day and that at the end the two delegations will report on the results obtained at a press conference.

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