Warm weather ‘delays’ Russia invasion of Ukraine

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Monday’s talks in Geneva ended in a stalemate on Monday as the US refused to discuss the very idea of barring eastern European countries from joining Nato. Russia’s lead negotiator did not voice much optimism but described the talks as “not hopeless.”

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said on Tuesday Moscow is going to know in the coming days if “the talks make sense and where we should be going.”

He said Russia does not have a specific timeline for any outcome of the talks but insisted that Moscow was not prepared to watch Washington drag its feet on the negotiations.

Mr Peskov also lashed out at the US for leaking a planned menu of sanctions against Russia to deter it from invading Ukraine, which, he said, “definitely did not help to build a constructive environment ahead of the talks.”

More diplomatic efforts are expected this week in a bid to find a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis: Russian diplomats are meeting with Nato officials on Wednesday and with OSCE representatives on Thursday.

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