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US And Russia Agree To Hold Talks On Jan 10 Amid Growing Tensions Over Ukraine


US President Biden and Russian President Putin will deliver speeches on Thursday. Putin called for enhanced security in Eastern Europe, while Russia sent troops to gather near the Ukrainian border.
At the time of the talks, the number of Russian troops on the border was estimated to have increased to 100,000, which intensified fears that Moscow was preparing to further invade Ukraine. Because as early as 2014, Russia sent troops to Ukraine and seized the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from its hands. Russia's annexation of Crimea is the last major blow to the United States' international voice, so the Biden administration must hope that this time it can prevent Russia from invading Ukraine again.

Secretary of State Anthony Brinken “reiterated that the United States will unswervingly support Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity in response to Russia’s military build-up on the Ukrainian border.”

Putin said earlier this week that he will consider a series of measures if the West fails to fulfil its security guarantees to prevent NATO from expanding into Ukraine. Earlier this month, Moscow submitted a draft security document requesting NATO to reject the membership of Ukraine and other former Soviet countries, and requesting NATO to reduce its military deployments in Central and Eastern Europe.

The United States and its allies refused to give Putin the will to prevent Ukraine and other former Soviet countries from joining NATO because NATO would not refuse any eligible country to join NATO in principle. The United States and Russia will begin high-level talks on January 10.

The two leaders are also expected to discuss efforts to persuade Iran to return to the 2015 nuclear agreement in a conference call on Thursday, which has been cancelled by the Trump administration. Although there are differences on issues such as Ukraine, White House officials said that the Iranian nuclear issue is an issue they believe the United States and Russia can cooperate with.
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