Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated the U.S. response was delivered in particular person by U.S. ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan.
Washington has made clear that Russian demands for NATO to pull again troops and weapons from japanese Europe and bar Ukraine from ever becoming a member of are non-starters. It says it’s prepared to talk about different matters reminiscent of arms management and confidence-building measures.
Whether Russia is ready to settle for that restricted agenda will decide the subsequent section of the disaster, which has seen Moscow mass round 100,000 troops close to the border with Ukraine whereas denying it plans to invade.
In Paris, four-nation talks dragged on longer than anticipated on ending a separatist battle in japanese Ukraine, a part of a wider disaster between Moscow and Kyiv that has raised the chance of a full-scale conflict.
Moscow warned earlier on Wednesday that imposing sanctions on President Vladimir Putin personally wouldn’t harm him however can be “politically destructive”, after U.S. President Joe Biden stated he would take into account such a transfer if Russia invaded Ukraine.
Biden stated on Tuesday that private sanctions on Putin, although a uncommon step, could possibly be thought-about as a part of a concerted drive by Washington and its allies to persuade Moscow that any new aggression in opposition to Ukraine would carry swift and large prices.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated U.S. lawmakers discussing private sanctions in opposition to Russia’s prime leaders have been unaware of the actual fact they have been legally barred from holding belongings, property and financial institution accounts overseas.
Individual sanctions in opposition to Putin can be “not painful (but) politically destructive”, stated Peskov, who has beforehand stated they’d quantity to a severing of diplomatic relations.