US, Russia set firm lines ahead of Ukraine talks
12 January 2022 | 2:06 pm
The United States and Russia have set out firm lines ahead of talks on Ukraine in Geneva. Washington has warned of the risk of confrontation, while Moscow has ruled out concessions.
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