In the midst of growing tensions regarding Ukraine, the White House announced that the United States will host security talks with Russian officials on January 10.

“President Biden’s strategy on Ukraine is clear and consistent. Unite the alliance around two tracks: Diplomacy and Deterrence. The consequences Russia will face should it move against Ukraine are the only issues we as an Alliance agree on. A spokesperson for the National Security Council said that they are also united in their willingness to engage with Russia in principled diplomacy’. 

The spokesperson stated that Russia can bring its concerns to the table and they will do the same with us regarding Russia’s actions.

Additional talks will be held on January 12th and 13th. Further talks are expected on Jan. 12 and 13. Russian Deputy Foreign Ministry Sergei Ryabkov confirmed these dates, and stated that they will be held in Geneva. This is where President Joe Biden met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the first time in June.

“There will be both areas in which we can achieve progress and those where we disagree,” the NSC spokesperson stated. This is what diplomacy means, the spokesperson for NSC stated.

The United States and Russian officials will hold security talks on January 10 in Geneva, the same city where Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Joe Biden met in June (above)

Security talks between the United States of America and Russia will take place in Geneva on January 10. This Geneva is where Russian President Vladimir Putin (above), and President Joe Biden met in June.

Russia sent 100,000 soldiers to the Ukrainian border. This has raised fears about an invasion. However, Putin pulled 10,000 troops back ahead of the announcements.

The Kremlin repeatedly denies that any attack plans are in place. Biden also warned Putin during a telephone call this month, that Moscow will face severe consequences if Ukraine attacks it.

Biden, Putin and their Strategic Security Dialogue Initiative launched January 10, 2010. The meeting on January 10 will take place.  Representatives from NATO and Moscow are due to meet in January 12. Russia and representatives of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which includes the United States (OSCE) will also meet in January 12.

The announcement of talks comes amid a new round of major military exercises by Russian  troops in an evident bid to warn NATO of the seriousness of the situation ahead of the New Year.

Video footage showed Russian drills, which were close to Ukraine. There are fears that Putin could invade if the West doesn’t meet his demands.

Sergei Ryabkov, Hawkish’s deputy foreign minister, denied exaggerating when he compared the current crisis with the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

He said, “No, not too many,” in an interview to Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn magazine, when asked whether his comparison was excessive.

The possibility of war between Russia and Ukraine, a Western-aligned country, is possible in the next few weeks.

Exercises in Russia's western military district involved drills to repel a massive air strike by a simulated enemy on strategic facilities of the district, according to TV Zvezda, owned by the defence ministry. Around 1,000 servicemen took part in the war games which included 'repulsing an attack by enemy reconnaissance and sabotage groups' (pictured: tanks taking part in the war games)

According to TV Zvezda (owned by the defense ministry), drills were conducted in Russia’s west military district to prevent a large-scale air strike from a simulated enemy against strategic facilities within the area. Nearly 1,000 military personnel participated in the war exercises, which involved’repulsing enemy reconnaissance and the sabotage of groups’.

Soldiers lie prone as they defend missile-bearing trucks during exercises in the western military district

Soldiers are seen lying down as they protect missile-bearing vehicles during an exercise in the western military area 

A soldier fires a missile during Vladimir Putin's most recent wargames amid tensions with Ukraine

Unarmed soldier launches a missile amid tensions in Ukraine during Vladimir Putin’s recent wargames

Putin is trolled by Ukraine for his “real fears” of freeing ‘human rights and press freedom, as well as free elections

Official Twitter account for Ukraine has trolling Vladimir Putin about his real fears of human rights, press freedom, and free elections.

According to an online meme, Ukraine is likened to NATO as a timid dog when compared with the wild animals of Putin’s true enemies. 

Ukraine's official Twitter account has trolled Vladimir Putin over his 'real fears' of 'human rights, press freedom and free elections'

Official Twitter account in Ukraine has mocked Vladimir Putin for his real fears about ‘human Rights, Press Freedom and Free Elections’

Ryabkov suggested that Russia would reject a Russian compromise. He sought to make certain Ukraine wouldn’t join NATO. Ryabkov also promised not to send strike weapons to eastern European nations which are part of the western alliance.

He said, “I appeal to everyone who is considering this subject publicly, to consider whether or not it would be shameful for Russia meet Western ultimatum requirements halfway.”

And he stated clearly that “if we can’t do it, then nothing will happen.” [through diplomacy]Then, there will be open questions: What are the next steps?

“We oppose escalation and we are against conflict, but we don’t draw any lines in the sand. Only logic leads us to believe that we’re not prepared to accept the current state of affairs.

He warned: ‘We can no longer postpone, let’s deal with this serious issue … here and now.’

He insisted that he wanted to stop NATO’s expansion, NATO infrastructure, and NATO capability further east.

“We must exclude Ukraine from NATO.”

His words amplified Putin’s insistence on Russian TV that ‘I want everyone to realise, both in our country and abroad, I want our partners to understand one thing…

“It’s not like we don’t want anybody to cross a particular line.

“It is that there are no other options now.

‘They have pressed us against such a line… we have nowhere to go…

They will fly to Moscow in four to five minutes to deliver the missile systems to Ukraine.

“Well, now where should we go?”

“It’s only that they have brought us to the point where we need to tell them, “Stop!” “That’s it’.

According to TV Zvezda of Russia’s defence ministry, drills were performed in the western military district to counter an air strike from a simulated enemy against strategic buildings.

Nearly 1,000 military personnel participated in war games that included the’repulsing a attack by enemy reconnaissance’ and sabotage teams.

According to reports, the weapons used were anti-aircraft systems S-300V and Tor-M2 as well as portable anti-aircraft systems Igla.

Hawkish deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov pictured in Vienna in June, 2020

Sergei Ryabkov (Deputy Foreign Minister of Hawkish) pictured in Vienna, June 2020

Moscow has for weeks been massing tens of thousands of troops, tanks and artillery pieces along its eastern flank, sparking fears of an invasion, though the Kremlin has insisted it is merely a defence force (pictured, Russian forces currently massed in border regions)

Moscow is currently massing thousands of soldiers, tanks, and artillery pieces on its eastern flank for several weeks. This has sparked fears about an invasion. However, the Kremlin insists it’s a defense force. (pictured: Russian forces are currently positioned in border areas).

Ryabkov's menacing statement comes just days after satellite images emerged showing a buildup of troops in the Crimea

Ryabkov’s threatening statements come just days following satellite images showing an increase in troop numbers in the Crimea 

A pro-Russian separatist taking part in drills at a shooting range on the outskirts of Donetsk in rebel-held Ukraine on Christmas Day

Pro-Russian separatist participating in drills at the shooting range in Donetsk (rebel-held Ukraine) on Christmas Day

A pro-Russian separatist at a shooting range in rebel-held Ukraine on Christmas Day

On Christmas Day, a pro-Russian separatist was seen at a firing range in rebel-held Ukraine

Footage also appeared to show the Buk-M3 surface-to-air missile system.

“Nearly 200 units were used in the operation of military, special and weapons equipment.”

Reports said that video was shown of the war games despite an announcement by 10,000 troops leaving the Ukrainian border zone ahead Russia’s New Year holiday.

Russia stated that 500 officers of reconnaissance had participated in live fire exercise at Rostov Region, bordering Ukraine.

The servicemen used standard weapons to fire at targets that were simulated by the enemy’s army equipment and manpower.

The exercise saw service men practice tactical shooting and live fire with standard small arms.

The training process was not affected by severe weather conditions, according to a statement issued by the south military command.

“Fire Training is the foundation of reconnaissance unit combat training and can be done in all weather conditions and terrain.

Russian missile systems taking part in Putin's most recent show of strength

Russian missile systems take part in Putin’s latest show of strength

A truck carrying a missile battery during the Boxing Day exercises

Boxing Day exercise: A truck with a missile battery

Footage also appeared to show the Buk-M3 surface-to-air missile system

Film footage also showed the Buk M3 surface to-air missile system

Recently, drills were held in Krasnodar, which has a border to Ukraine and Crimea. These regions were annexed by Kyiv in 2014.

They involved more than 1200 servicemen and paratroopers of the Novorossiysk Airborne Division.

Ramzan Kadyrov (head of the oil-rich Chechen republic), a Putin ally, said that his forces were available to enter Ukraine if ordered by the Kremlin.

He stated that Kiev was a permanent place where the West can establish military bases and dictate its demands regarding his country.

“I’m certain that the president will not permit it.

‘We [Chechnya]They are available to serve as infantry forces and can be deployed wherever the order calls for.

Russia sent also two warships, the Vsevolod Robertrov logistic support vessel and the Georgy Kurbatov minesweeper from the Baltic Sea towards the Black Sea.

They both crossed the Strait of Gibraltar on their way to the Black Sea which is considered the epicenter of the current geopolitical crisis.

Further video footage shows that Russian forces were seen in Buryatia with MstaS self-propelled howitzers.

The Cuban Missile Crisis was the catalyst that brought the world to nuclear war.

In October 1962, the world was as close to nuclear war as any time since the Cuban missile crisis. 

Fidel Castro was overthrown by America in a failed coup attempt. The Cuban dictator allowed the Soviet Union nuclear missiles to be deployed in Cuba. It put most Americans within easy reach of these warheads. 

Russia can launch its missiles at Washington before Washington could retaliate if it so chooses.  

Nikita Khrushchev and John F Kennedy during a historic meeting a year before the Cuban Missile Crisis broke out

John F Kennedy with Nikita Chrushchev during an historic meeting just one year before the Cuban Missile Crisis broke.

America already had ballistic missiles deployed in Italy and Turkey, which placed them within striking distance from Moscow. 

In a broadcast to the American public on October 22nd 1962, President John F Kennedy stated that Soviets had launched missiles against Cuba. The US responded by erecting a blockade to the island. This was to make Castro and Khrushchev relent.

His declaration that America was willing to resort to military force in order to prevent what was considered a threat, was met with rape by the entire world. 

The Soviet ships headed for Cuba approached the U.S. vessel blockade patrol on the 24th of October 1962. This was another crucial moment. A military confrontation would have been most likely to break the blockade, but Soviet ships pulled back.

A U.S. invasion forces readied itself for an invasion of Cuba but were eventually stood down. Kennedy (pictured) showed restraint by not attacking the Soviets or Cubans

The U.S. invade forces were preparing to invade Cuba, but they were stopped by Kennedy (pictured). Kennedy (pictured) was a good example of restraint, not attacking either the Soviets and Cubans.

A flashpoint which could have triggered all-out war was when an American reconnaissance plane was shot down on October 27, 1962.  

The U.S. invade forces were preparing for an attack on Cuba, but they were stopped by the Americans.  Major Rudolf Anderson (35) is believed to be the U.S. only combat casualty from the Cuban missile crises.

Kennedy and Khrushchev kept in touch throughout the tension to prevent any military conflict between the superpowers. Khrushchev sent Kennedy a message on October 26, 1962 in which he promised to destroy the Cuban missiles in return for U.S. leaders promising not to invade Cuba.

Khrushchev sent the letter the next day proposing that the USSR dismantle their missiles in Cuba in exchange for the Americans removing their missile facilities in Turkey.  

Secret negotiations led to an agreement between Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, JFK, and his brother Robert Kennedy (the Attorney General) and Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin. Robert McNamara, the U.S. Secretary for Defense, stated that the incident was the ‘last Saturday he would see’ due to the increasing tensions.

In return, the Soviets promised to remove their missiles from Turkey in exchange for America’s promise not to invade Cuba. In secret, the US promised Turkey to get rid of obsolete missiles.  As a means of positive public relations, both sides declared victory. 

Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro enjoys a steak dinner while holding an impromptu press conference at the Theresa Hotel in Harlem during his visit to New York on September 23, 1960

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s Prime Minister, enjoys steak while holding an impromptu conference at The Theresa Hotel Harlem on his September 23rd 1960 visit.