Moscow Considers Talks with NATO Amid Ukraine Concerns

Russia’s foreign ministry confirmed that it is considering a proposal from NATO to continue dialogues on security concerns over Moscow’s military presence near Ukraine.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has sought to secure Moscow’s attendance for a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on Jan. 12 to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

“We have already received this (NATO) offer, and we are considering it,” a spokesman for the Russian foreign ministry told TASS news agency.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said that the details of the NATO meeting and the Russian delegation that will attend it are being looked at, according to TASS.

The U.S. and Ukraine have raised concerns that Moscow might be planning an invasion of its ex-Soviet neighbor amid a troop buildup near Russia’s border with Ukraine. Russia has continuously denied the theory, saying that NATO has been causing tensions to escalate.

President Vladimir Putin said last week that Russia wants to avoid conflict but demanded confirmation from the U.S. and its allies regarding its security demands, which include a guarantee that NATO would withdraw its troops in Eastern Europe and Ukraine.

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