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Top Russian diplomat says there no point in further Ukraine talks as European leaders warn of the risk of war

"There is, to a certain extent, a dead end or a difference in approaches," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Russian television. ...
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov looks on during a press conference following talks with US counterpart on soaring tensions over Ukraine, in Geneva, on January 10, 2022.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov looks on during a press conference following talks with US counterpart on soaring tensions over Ukraine, in Geneva, on January 10, 2022.

  • A top Russian diplomat on Thursday said there was no point in continuing diplomatic talks on Ukraine.
  • "There is, to a certain extent, a dead end or a difference in approaches," the diplomat said. 
  • This came as European leaders warned of the potential for a new war on the continent.

A top Russian diplomat says there no point in further Ukraine talks as European leaders warn of the risk of war, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

Speaking on Russian television, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said there are "no grounds" in continuing dialogue between Russia and Ukraine, the report said. 

"There is, to a certain extent, a dead end or a difference in approaches," he said, according to the report, adding that the US and allies have rejected Russian demands.

He also said that he does "not see reasons to sit down in the coming days, to gather again and start these same discussions" without US flexibility, the report said. 

Ryabkov's remarks come after NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Wednesday that there's a "real risk" of "armed conflict" in Europe.

Stoltenberg said NATO is "ready" to discuss arms control, among other issues, with Russia as a way to try and deescalate tensions on Ukraine's eastern border. 

But, Stoltenberg warned, if Russia decides to use military force, "there will be severe consequences."

Zbigniew Rau, Poland's foreign minister and the chair of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), issued a similarly dire warning in his address to the OSCE meeting on Thursday.

"It seems that the risk of war in the OSCE area is now greater than ever before in the last 30 years," Rau said. "For several weeks we have been faced with the prospect of a major military escalation in eastern Europe."

The OSCE meeting in Vienna marked the third round of discussions in Europe this week surrounding the Ukraine crisis. A US and Russian delegation met for talks on Monday, followed by a meeting between NATO and Russian envoys on Wednesday. 

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