No military option for Ukraine ahead of key talks


With help from Daniel Lippman

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The most important diplomatic week in the U.S.-Russia standoff over Ukraine kicks off Monday — even as both sides remain far apart on the key issue: How much freedom Kyiv and other European capitals should have to join the NATO alliance.

Deputy Secretary of State WENDY SHERMAN will first travel to Geneva to discuss the Ukraine situation with her Russian counterpart, SERGEI RYABKOV. Talks will move to Brussels on Wednesday for a NATO-Russia meeting, followed by a Thursday tête-à-tête with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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