Kremlin Says 'Impossible' to Draw Conclusions on U.S. Talks, Not Optimistic for Resolution

According to a Kremlin spokesperson, the highly anticipated U.S.—Russia talks at NATO's headquarters in Geneva yielded a deadlock and show "no significant reason for optimism."

These negotiations aim to discuss security issues and defuse tensions over Ukraine, where the Russian military is currently stationed at the border. However, there is little sign of progress on either of the two sides.

Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, described the negotiations as "open, comprehensive and direct," and while the talks deserve "a positive assessment," there has been little progress made.

"There are still several rounds [of talks] ahead of us, which will allow us to work out a clearer understanding, a clearer picture of where we stand with the Americans. For now, it's impossible to draw any conclusions, unfortunately," the spokesman said.

Washington officials rejected Moscow's demands that NATO ceases military alliance and halt eastward expansion both as nonstarters. Additional Russian requests included NATO denying former Soviet countries and Ukraine membership, something Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman firmly dismissed.

"We will not allow anyone to slam closed NATO's open-door policy, which has always been central to the NATO alliance," Sherman said.

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The talks between the U.S. and Russia on Ukraine held on Monday yielded little progress for either side. Above, a Ukrainian Military Forces serviceman walks on a trench on the front line with Russia-backed separatists near Luganske village, in Donetsk region on January 11. ANATOLII STEPANOV/Getty Images

Last month, Moscow submitted draft security documents demanding that NATO deny former Soviet countries and Ukraine membership. Further Russian requests include rolling back the alliance's military deployments in Central and Eastern Europe. Although Washington and its allies previously refused these demands, there is hope the talks will help both sides reach a resolution.

The demands, contained in a proposed Russia-U.S. security treaty and a security agreement between Moscow and NATO, were drafted amid increasing tensions over a Russian troop buildup near Ukraine that has stoked fears of a possible invasion. Russia has denied it has plans to attack its neighbor but pressed for legal guarantees that would rule out NATO expansion and weapons deployment there.

Russian NATO representatives are expected to meet on Wednesday. Russia is also meeting the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe this week, which includes the United States.

On Tuesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Russian state TV that the diplomatic work continues and there is no "reason for concern."

"The work continues, it will continue tomorrow, we're focused on achieving results both in the form of the very process of talks and the agreements, which we informed about in advance in terms of laying out our position. I don't see a reason for concern," Zakharova said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.