As the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) meeting gets stuck on both sides, fears are growing that Russia may launch an invasion of Ukraine.
Moscow has denied such claims. Russia, however, is concentrating 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border, and before the talks, the military began direct firing exercises in areas near the border.
The United States, NATO and their allies are pushing Russia to alleviate the situation. Moscow has demanded security guarantees from the United States and NATO, including a pledge that NATO will not expand further east and will not allow Ukraine to join a military alliance.
Instead of being a bilateral NATO-Russia meeting, Wednesday’s meeting will be a 31-member forum that will equally represent NATO’s 30 member states and Russia. This is the second meeting of the three major engagement between the West and Russia this week.
On Monday, representatives of the United States and Russia sat in Geneva for more than seven hours.
The marathon speeches described by the White House “openly and openly” did not make a breakthrough. Another round of talks between Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) – of which the United States is a member – is scheduled for Thursday in Vienna.
Ukraine said on Tuesday that the United States and other NATO countries would not decide on the “fate” of the country “behind our backs” during the meetings.
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