US defense minister plans visit to Ukraine as US-Russia talks fail to yield results

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will be making a stop in Ukraine during a trip to Europe next week, Pentagon press secretary John F. Kirby announced on Oct. 12.

“The secretary and his team will be preparing for a trip to Europe next week. Stops will include Georgia, Ukraine and Romania, and it will conclude this important visit with allies and partners in Brussels for the NATO defense ministerial,” Kirby said.

The news came as the U.S. diplomatic mission to Russia, headed by the U.S. undersecretary Victoria Nuland, concluded without meaningful results.

“I cannot say that we have achieved great progress,” said Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, “There is a risk of a further sharpening of tensions.”

The main issue was the restriction both countries set on the number of diplomats they could post at their embassies.

“We expect parity on staffing numbers, and we expect visa reciprocity. There must be fairness, there must be flexibility on the Russian side if we are to achieve an equitable agreement, and that’s precisely what we are after,” said U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price.

The intention of the meeting was to rebuild relations and to reestablish communication between Moscow and Washington, which have deteriorated over the past decade.

Although the two sides did not discuss Russia’s war in Donbas during the meeting, the Russian ministry released a statement condemning “anti-Russian actions,” potentially referring to the $60 million aid package promised by U.S. President Joe Biden while meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky in September.

4 comments

  • “Although the two sides did not discuss Russia’s war in Donbas during the meeting, the Russian ministry released a statement condemning “anti-Russian actions,” potentially referring to the $60 million aid package promised by U.S. President Joe Biden while meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky in September.”

    The two sides did not discuss Donbas, yet the lying machine in Russia managed to come up with this headline. I will trust the KyivPost before any BS coming out of the mouth of Simonyan.

    https://www.rt.com/russia/537366-donbass-autonomous-status-agreement/

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  • As yet another talk fails, Ukraine has more time to build up its military. Its military is the only guarantor of avoiding the loss of more territory. Cheap talks by appeasers and aggressors will never be an assurance to lasting peace and return of lost lands.

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    • Zelensky invited Austin to Ukraine earlier this year and now he’s going, just in time to make it look like the visit is because of the failure of the Moskali to change positions. Since they didn’t that means Plan B will come into effect. I think the military, the State Dept and Congress have about had it with Putin. They will be going around Bidenov. I expect the US will double down on training and equipment grants.

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      • After nearly eight years of lies and propaganda and continued aggression in part of mafia land, it’s at least six years late of being fed up. It would be high time to double down on anything that could help Ukraine. But, it’s a Biden administration in place now and so I expect the next major screw-up at any moment. We’ll see…

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