Ukraine standoff: Russia, U.S. set for day of diplomacy after U.N. showdown

But he said it was clear that the West has ignored Russia’s demands that NATO not expand to Ukraine and other ex-Soviet nations, refrain from deploying offensive weapons near Russian borders and roll back NATO deployments to Eastern Europe.

Lavrov, largely echoing Putin’s remarks, said after the call that Moscow wanted “an honest conversation” with the U.S. on the principle that states can’t strengthen their security by infringing on the security of others.

Ukraine standoff: Russia, U.S. set for day of diplomacy after U.N. showdown