Prospects dim as U.S., Russia start tense talks over Ukraine crisis

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By Emma Farge and Tom Balmforth GENEVA (Reuters) -With diplomats publicly pessimistic, the United States and Russia began difficult negotiations in Geneva on Monday that Washington hopes can avert the danger of a new Russian invasion of Ukraine without conceding to the Kremlin’s expansive security demands. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said over the weekend it was entirely possible that the diplomacy could end after a single meeting, and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken played down expectations for the high-stakes talks. “I don’t think we’re going to see any breakthrough…

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