“Now we see references to unnamed representatives of the US administration that they imply a discussion of both Ukraine and arms control. What is arms control? This is some kind of abstraction”, Ryabkov said, adding that Moscow believes the draft agreements “presented by Russia” should be discussed.
In the meantime, reports have suggested that after the Russia-US talks, a meeting between NATO and Russia will be held on 12 January.
During the negotiations, the sides are expected to discuss the security guarantee proposals, published by Moscow earlier this month.
The draft documents included limits to troop, warship, and aircraft deployments, as well as a proposal to avoid placing intermediate- and short-range missiles where they might threaten either party to the deal.
The deal also suggests that NATO provide guarantees of non-expansion into Ukrainian territory, and cancel military cooperation with the former Soviet republics.