US and Russian Officials Meet in Geneva to Discuss Ukraine

US and Russian Officials Meet in Geneva to Discuss Ukraine

Nolan Burke

US and Russian senior officials convened in Geneva on Monday to discuss the Russian military buildup on the border of Ukraine. US officials compromised and explained that they would limit NATO exercises in Eastern Europe if it meant that Russia would call off the troops from Ukraine. The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that an agreement will likely not be reached in the next week. However, he does believe that the US and Russia can agree on a process to reduce Russian escalation in the coming week.

Russian officials stated that if NATO halts their expansion, they would back off of Russia, but the US deemed this compromise as unacceptable. US officials stated that Russia’s offer would violate countries’ sovereign rights.

Russia claims that if the US does not grant them their key demands, then it will be hard to work on other issues. These key demands include removing offensive weapons from Western countries from the borders of Russia. Russian foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov stated that Russia does not intend to invade Ukraine. However, the US Ambassador to the United Nations was visibly doubtful during the session.