The Kremlin says the U.S. rejection of Russia’s main demands to resolve the crisis over Ukraine leaves “little ground for optimism,” but added that dialogue was still possible.
Tensions have soared recently, as the United States and its NATO allies expressed concern that a buildup of about 100,000 Russian troops near Ukraine signaled Moscow planned to invade.
Russia denies having any such designs — and has made a series of demands it says will improve security in Europe.
But the U.S. and the Western alliance firmly rejected any concessions on Moscow’s main points Wednesday. All eyes are now on how President Vladimir Putin will respond.