Cant complain now! EU can only blame itself if its left out of Russia-US talks

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With diplomats publicly pessimistic, the United States and Russia began difficult negotiations in Geneva on Monday that Washington hopes can avert the danger of a new Russian invasion of Ukraine without conceding to the Kremlin’s far-reaching security demands.

Brussels has lamented it is being left out of the negotiations, with EU Commissioner Josep Borrell and President Ursula von der Leyen pleading with Joe Biden to be included in the talks last week.

But as former French Ambassador to the US Gerard Araud pointed out, EU member states who opposed Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to have an EU-Russia summit last year, do not have the right to complain now.

He said: “Countries which have opposed the Franco-German proposal of a meeting between the European Council and Putin can’t complain that their fate is today negotiated between the US and Russia.

“That’s their choice.”

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The French President and then-German Chancellor failed to convince, at a EU Council summit in June 2021, all EU member states to participate in an EU-Russia summit.

At the time, Mrs Merkel said talks with Russia would be useful on a number of issues, not least to tell Russian President Vladimir Putin directly that cyber attacks are no basis for a productive relationship.

She said: “Here, I think it is better not only to talk among ourselves but also to confront the Russian president with these things and to say ‘on such a basis a fruitful cooperation cannot take place’.”

But EU leaders rejected the Franco-German proposal after Poland and Baltic countries said it would send the wrong message as East-West ties deteriorate.

Ms Merkel added: “The relationship between Russia and the European Union is really not good at the moment, but even during the Cold War, people talked to each other, so I think silence is not conducive to solving the problems.”

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Beyond EU concerns about Russian influence in Belarus and Ukraine, Merkel listed disarmament and the future of Syria and Libya as issues where the bloc could “sound out with the Russian president whether one can come to joint results.”

Today, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said the diplomacy could end after a single meeting, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken played down expectations for the high-stakes talks.

Mr Blinken said: “I don’t think we’re going to see any breakthroughs in the coming week.”

The talks between Ryabkov and Deputy US Secretary of State Wendy Sherman began at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Geneva with US-Russia relations at their most tense since the Cold War ended three decades ago. The pair made only brief eye contact when they posed for photographs beforehand.

Sherman said “the US will listen to Russia’s concerns and share our own” in an earlier Tweet from Geneva, adding that no discussions on European security would be held without the presence of other allies.

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Discussions will move to meetings in Brussels and Vienna later this week.

Nearly 100,000 Russian troops are gathered within reach of the border with Ukraine in preparation for what Washington and Kyiv say could be a new invasion, eight years after Russia seized the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine.

Russia denies invasion plans and said it is responding to what it calls aggressive behaviour from the NATO military alliance and Ukraine, which has tilted toward the West and aspires to join NATO.

Last month, Russia presented sweeping demands including a ban on further NATO expansion and an end to the alliance’s activity in central and eastern European countries that joined it after 1997.

The United States and NATO say large parts of the Russian proposals are non-starters.

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