U.S. promised written response to Russian security proposals next week – RIA

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MOSCOW, Jan 11 (Reuters) – The United States promised to respond next week in writing to Russia’s proposals for sweeping security guarantees that Moscow wants from the West, the RIA and Interfax news agencies cited a source as saying on Tuesday.

Russia has massed troops near Ukraine’s border and demanded the U.S.-led NATO alliance rule out admitting the former Soviet state or expanding further eastward. Washington has said it cannot accept these demands.

Russia and the United States held a first round of talks in Geneva on the matter on Monday. RIA cited a source as saying that Washington did not want to discuss Ukraine’s desire to join NATO with Moscow without Kyiv being part of the discussion.

(Reporting by Maxim Rodionov; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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