US officials claimed that a Russian effort is underway to conduct “a false-flag operation” in eastern Ukraine amid rising tensions.
Poland, which has assumed leadership of the bloc’s largest security organisation, warns that Eastern Europe has been facing the prospect of a major military escalation for several weeks.
The West defends NATO's "open-door policy" towards potential future members, while Moscow is demanding a cast-iron guarantee that the alliance will not expand further towards its territory.
With soaring energy prices, Russian gas exports to Europe have been in focus amid a standoff between Russia and the West over border tensions with Ukraine.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said that there is no need to fear any escalation, assuring the US that Moscow has no plans to invade Ukraine.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned that any positive outcome on Ukraine talks depends on Russia's willingness to abandon aggression.
EU Commission chief's call came ahead of crunch security talks between the United States and Russia next week.
British foreign secretary warns Moscow that any further military incursion into Ukraine would bring "massive consequences".
The rare joint statement comes amid negotiations over reviving the Iran nuclear deal and escalating tensions between the United States, Russia and China.
Under Western pressure, the two states are aligning with each other at a level unseen for decades.
Although the meetings might be regarded as symbolic, the continuity of negotiations is essential for a peaceful resolution.
Russia's deputy foreign minister raised concerns over what he said was increasing Black Sea naval activity by powers that did not have a coastline in the region, an apparent reference to the United States.
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