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USA “ready” to dialogue with Russia on Ukraine and also to “defend” allies

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U.S does not believe that Russia I have decided to invade UkraineBut he is prepared to continue the dialogue or to “respond firmly” in the event of an attack, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Thursday.

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“We are ready in both cases,” Sullivan told reporters after a week of talks between the United States, its Western allies and Russia.

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“We are ready to make progress at the negotiating table … and we are ready to take the necessary and appropriate measures to defend our allies, support our partners and respond firmly to any overt aggression that may occur,” he added.

Russia has deployed tens of thousands of troops to the border with Ukraine, while demanding assurances that NATO will not move east.

“The intelligence community has not made an assessment that the Russians have definitely decided to take a course of military action in Ukraine,” Sullivan said.

“So, as things stand at the moment, Russia has a chance to come to the table,” he said.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who led talks in Geneva with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, did not rule out Thursday that, if diplomacy fails, Moscow will deploy military infrastructure in Venezuela or Cuba, its allies in the region.

“I don’t want to confirm that … or exclude it,” he said.

Sullivan called Ryabkov’s comments “bravado” and said Russia did not raise the idea in the discussions.

“If Russia moved in that direction, we would address the issue decisively,” Sullivan said.

In 1962, the United States and the then Soviet Union were on the brink of nuclear war, when Moscow deployed ballistic missiles in Cuba.

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