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Russia first invaded east Ukraine and annexed Crimea in 2014 (Photo: Christopher Bobyn)

Russia and US launch talks on European security

Russia and the US have begun "complex" talks on European security, as the West dampened expectations for a positive outcome.

"The conversation was complex, it couldn't be easy. It was businesslike in principle. I don't think we'll waste time in vain tomorrow," Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said after meeting US deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman in Geneva for a dinner on Sunday (9 January).

He also called the initial contact "amazing", according to Interfax,...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Russia first invaded east Ukraine and annexed Crimea in 2014 (Photo: Christopher Bobyn)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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