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Jan. 26, 2022, 1:52 p.m. EST

U.S. has delivered its written responses to the Kremlin with Ukraine crisis unabated

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William Mauldin, and Michael R. Gordon

The U.S. gave Russia written proposals to constrain military competition and reduce the risk of war in Europe, seeking to address Moscow’s demands and avert what Western officials say may be a looming Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the U.S. proposals, requested by Russia, were delivered Wednesday to Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko by the U.S. Ambassador in Moscow, John Sullivan.

See: Putin’s ambitions are bigger than Ukraine, says Fiona Hill: ‘He wants to evict the United States from Europe’

Also: U.S. could send troops to Eastern Europe amid Ukraine standoff with Russia: report

U.S. officials have said in earlier negotiations that Washington and its allies are prepared to scale back military exercises on a reciprocal basis and to explore ideas on ways to limit intermediate-range missiles in Europe. The new U.S. proposals expand on that approach but don’t meet Russian demands that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization not allow Ukraine in the alliance and cut military ties with the country, according to people familiar with the matter.

A version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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