Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ The previously announced bilateral security talks between Russia and the United States will take place on January 10, the White House reports. On the agenda are nuclear weapons control and tensions around Ukraine. “The US looks forward to consulting with Russia,” a spokesman for the country’s National Security Council said. “During the consultations, Russia can put its concerns on the table, and we will do so.” The spokesman stressed that no decisions on Ukraine will be made without consultation with the Ukrainians. “There will be topics on which we can progress and topics on which we disagree. That’s how diplomacy works.” In the same week, two more consultations are planned: on January 12, Russian envoys will meet members of NATO, and on January 13, consultations will be held between the organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Russia. The OSCE has been monitoring Ukraine’s compliance with the ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government army for years. The tension between Russia and the West is currently rising due to a Russian troop build-up on the border with Ukraine. That Eastern European country would like to join NATO. The United States has announced that it will impose severe sanctions on Russia if it decides to raid its neighboring country.