After weeks of dialogue, little has shifted in the standoff with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Ukraine. European leaders have met with Putin in Moscow.
U.S. and NATO allies have met with their Ukrainian and Russian counterparts. The Kremlin has continued to mass troops on Ukraine’s borders. Washington has moved forces east.
A presidential sit-down with Putin “could well make sense … to convey that the United States is willing to discuss reasonable Russian security concerns, to observe that the Russian proposals have thus far been complete nonstarters, and to emphasize the downsides for Russia of an invasion,” said Richard Fontaine, CEO of the Center for a New American Security. “But before any such meeting, the administration will need to determine how to define that first category.”
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