Ukraine Talks Stall As Conflict Escalates

Diplomatic efforts over the Ukrainian security crisis appear to have stalled, as Russian officials signaled that last week’s talks failed to ease tensions. With the US and NATO refusing to back down on ‘key elements’ of Moscow’s demands, the deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said that discussions had reached ‘a dead end’. This was not unexpected. Many commentators viewed the Russian demands – issued in two draft treaties last month