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Moscow diplomats ‘firmly reject’ claims they seek to influence security talks with the United States

Russia is making no attempt to spread disinformation about ongoing negotiations with the United States, insisted the country’s embassy in Washington, responding to comments made earlier this week by the White House press secretary.

The embassy posted the announcement on its Facebook page on Tuesday, writing, “We have taken note of the statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki at a January 10 briefing on the United States’ readiness for a possible spread of disinformation by Russia regarding the conduct of the negotiations. Russian-Americans in Geneva. “

“We strongly reject such innuendos”, the ad continued. “Russian official statements fully correspond to reality. From the start, our country has shown maximum transparency with regard to this dialogue.

“In return, we expect mutual transparency from the United States”, the embassy said. “We urge our colleagues to drop baseless speculation about their consulting partners. Moreover, such an approach indicates the degradation of the negotiating culture.

During a press briefing on Monday, Psaki was asked about the security talks between Russia and the United States currently taking place in Geneva. “No one should be surprised if Russia spreads disinformation about commitments that have not been made, or if it goes even further and incites something as a pretext for further destabilizing activities”, she answered. “And therefore, we will continue to urge everyone not to fall into the trap of any attempt at disinformation.”

However, President Joe Biden’s press secretary did not elaborate on the type of disinformation she believed the Russian side was ready to disseminate.

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov met for more than seven hours on Monday, in a series of talks about the security proposals Moscow sent in Washington last month. The Kremlin is seeking written guarantees that NATO will not extend to Ukraine and Georgia. The United States has indicated it is open to discussing the placement of missiles and military exercises, but Sherman said the limits on expanding the military bloc are a “Non-beginner”.

Washington also expressed concern over Russia’s intention to invade Ukraine and called for “de-escalation” at the common border of the two countries. Moscow, meanwhile, has denied planning an offensive against its neighbor and said Kiev has failed to abide by treaties governing ongoing conflicts in the war-torn region of Donbass.

Sherman and Ryabkov are due to meet again on Wednesday and Thursday this week, and Russian delegates will also have talks with NATO.


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