US and Russia agree to talk as Putin hits out on Ukraine
US officials have said talks could take place in January on Russia’s troop build-up near Ukraine, after President Vladimir Putin announced he was hopeful of a meeting in Geneva.
The Russian leader has demanded immediate guarantees on the future of NATO to defuse the crisis.
Putin said at his annual press conference; “The ball is in their court, they have to give us some response,”
He has threatened military measures but denies planning to invade Ukraine.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said although there had been no final agreement on diplomatic talks, the US was working towards them and looking forward to them.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said she welcomed the fact that Moscow had “signaled it is willing to enter talks in January”, but warned any Russian attack would be met with sanctions that would hit Russia’s economy.
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