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Officials meet in Geneva for first meeting in a week of diplomatic activity between countries

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The Kremlin said on Tuesday that talks between the United States and Russia in Geneva were a “positive” beginning amid tensions over Ukraine.

“It deserves a positive evaluation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“But it is not a process to process… What is important here is the result. Nothing to say about the outcome yet.”

Top US and Russian officials met in the Swiss city on Monday for the first meeting in a week of diplomatic activity between Russia and the West.

The high-stakes talks came amid fears of a Russian invasion of its pro-Western neighbor Ukraine. Moscow has sought broad concessions from Washington and its NATO allies, which in turn have threatened severe sanctions for any attack.

Moscow denied in the talks that any attack was planned, despite the gathering of thousands of soldiers on the Ukrainian border.

Both sides said Monday’s talks did not lead to any breakthrough but they agreed on further talks.

“There are a few more rounds ahead to get a clear picture of where we are,” Peskov said.

“There are not many reasons for optimism yet. It would be naive to believe that a round will give a perfect result,” he said.

Monday’s talks in Geneva marked the beginning of days of intense diplomacy between Russia and the West, when the activities of Russian troops along the border with Ukraine sparked a Cold War-style standoff.

A meeting of the NATO-Russia Council will take place in Brussels on Wednesday, then the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will meet in Vienna on Thursday in which Ukraine is expected to dominate the issue.

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