The U.S. and Russia have held what they say are frank talks as they try to resolve their standoff on Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov repeated denials a huge Russian force along the border is preparing to invade .

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U-S and its allies would respond severely if it did.

The meetings failed to find agreement other than both sides would continue steps to defuse the crisis.

Washington warns of the consequences of an invasion. Moscow seeks assurances on security.

Is there a middle ground to be reached?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra

Guests:

Kurt Volker, distinguished fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis. He is also a former U.S. representative for Ukraine negotiations and U.S. Ambassador to NATO.

Peter Zalmayev, executive director of Eurasia Democracy Initiative.

Vladimir Sotnikov, political commentator and specialist on Russian foreign affairs.

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