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US tells Putin to choose confrontation or dialogue over Ukraine

By Julian Borger

09 Jan 2022 · 7 min read

The US has told Vladimir Putin to choose between dialogue and confrontation on the eve of a critical week of diplomacy over Ukraine as Russian troops remained massed along its borders.

Senior diplomats from the US and Russia were expected to meet in Geneva on Sunday evening and Monday to discuss Moscow’s demands, set out last month in two draft treaties, one with the US and one with Nato. Much of their content is unacceptable to Washington and the alliance, most importantly a pledge that Ukraine will never be a Nato member.

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