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US-Russia summit on European security sounds cold war echo

By Henry Foy in Brussels, Polina Ivanova in Moscow and James Politi in Munich

07 Jan 2022 · 4 min read

In Moscow the hope is for “fairly quick results”, while Washington talks of uncertain outcomes. As US and Russian diplomats prepare for a summit in Geneva with Europe’s geopolitical balance at stake, the difference in mood music is stark.

That Russia arrives at the table on Monday with more than 100,000 troops stationed menacingly on the border of neighbouring Ukraine, and has threatened military action if the talks come to nothing, is just part of its leverage.

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