Russian demands are 'non-starters,' says U.S. diplomat

Chess pieces with Russian and U.S. flags
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American and Russian diplomats made little progress on defusing tensions in Eastern Europe during talks that began Monday in Geneva, The New York Times reports.

Moscow has massed 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine. Putin said in December he would prefer to settle tensions diplomatically, but some observers argue his true goals are war and conquest. "[Putin] might well prefer near-term conflict even over a relatively favorable settlement," Noah Millman wrote at The Week.

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