In Geneva talks, Russia downplays threat to Ukraine

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Russian officials have said during high-level talks in Geneva that they have no intention of invading Ukraine, a top US diplomat says. … Russia warned the US not to ‘underestimate the risks’ involved in Moscow’s confrontation with the West. The US has said there would be sanctions if Russia were to attack. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell Fontelles said he believed that a Russian invasion was still possible. ‘There are 100,000 Russian troops on the other side of the border,’ he said on Monday. ‘I suppose they haven’t gone there to drink coffee!’ In a call with reporters following Monday’s meeting, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman described the talks as ‘frank and forthright’ discussions over eight hours aimed at better understanding each side’s security concerns.” (01/10/22)