A senior US administration official said on Saturday, January 8, that the United States and its allies are ready to discuss with Russia, in talks on Ukraine, the possibility of each side restricting military activities and missile deployments in the region. President Joe Biden.
And while crucial negotiations are set to begin on Monday, January 10 in Geneva, the senior official said during a conference call that the United States, on the other hand, is not ready to discuss the limits of US troop deployment or maintenance of US forces. in NATO countries in the region.
Threats of severe economic sanctions
Joe Biden has warned that Russia will face serious economic consequences if Russian President Vladimir Putin decides to invade Ukraine. On Saturday, US officials gave more details of the sanctions that could be imposed on Moscow. According to a source familiar with the US plans, it could target key Russian industrial sectors, such as defense and civil aviation, and affect Russia’s high-tech ambitions, for example in the field of artificial intelligence or quantum computing, or even consumer electronics.
The Geneva negotiations, which will be followed by other discussion sessions in Brussels and Vienna, aim to avoid a crisis. The first conversation between Russians and Americans could take place as early as Sunday evening. Vladimir Putin has amassed tens of thousands of troops along the border with Ukraine, raising fears of an invasion.