The United States and Russia will resume talks on Ukraine and nuclear weapons on January 10.

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The United States and Russia will resume talks on Ukraine and nuclear weapons on January 10.

The governments of both countries confirmed the first round of dialogue in 2022, before the meeting with NATO to be held on the 12th.

A national security spokesman told AFP on Monday that the United States and Russia would discuss nuclear weapons control and tensions over Ukraine on January 10.

"The United States hopes to engage (in talks) with Russia," said a spokesman for the National Security Council.

A meeting between Russia and NATO could then take place on January 12, followed, on January 13, by a discussion between Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which is also a member of the United States, the source added.

"Russia will be able to put its concerns on the table, and we will put ours, particularly Russia's activities," he said.

"We will hold the main round of negotiations with the US, which will take place immediately after the end of the New Year holidays, " Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

The bilateral meeting on January 10 will take place within the framework of the strategic security dialogue launched by Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin during their summit in Geneva last June.

Although this format is primarily intended to renegotiate post-Cold War nuclear arms control treaties, discussions will also revolve around the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border, where Moscow deployed tens of thousands of soldiers, said a senior US government official who also requested anonymity.

Meetings with NATO and OSCE will focus on Ukraine.

On December 17, Russia unveiled two treaty proposals to limit US and NATO influence near its borders drastically.

The documents were published in full tension between Russia and the West over the border with Ukraine, where the Americans and Europeans accuse Moscow of preparing a military offensive.

The two texts presented - one about NATO and the other to the United States - envisage preventing a new expansion of NATO to the east and establishing US military bases in former Soviet countries.

On Thursday, both the European Union and NATO again showed their support for Ukraine.

For seven years now, the Atlantic Alliance has consistently denounced Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula and demanded respect for Ukraine's territorial sovereignty, undermined by a conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the east of 2014.

Both Russia and Western countries accuse each other of provocation by increasing their military capabilities on their common borders.

Amid the tensions of recent weeks, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared on Sunday that he would discuss the most suitable response to what he described as a NATO expansion attempt in Ukraine with the country's military leadership.

In an interview with channel Rossiya 1, the Russian president stated that NATO could face "various responses" from Moscow, but "it will depend on what the military experts propose," he added.