By DASHA LITVINOVA, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials have denied reports that Moscow sent Washington a written response to a U.S. proposal aimed at deescalating the Ukraine crisis.

The Kremlin is seeking legally binding guarantees from the U.S. and NATO precluding the alliance from expanding eastwards and accepting Ukraine as a member amid fears that Russia might invade its neighbor.

Washington has provided Moscow with a written response to the demands and on Monday three Biden administration officials said that the Russian government sent a written response to the U.S. proposals.  But Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told Russia's state RIA Novosti news agency on Tuesday that this was "not true."

5 Most Dangerous Cities in New York State

The most dangerous places in New York State from recent crime data.

Mother Nature Buries Northern Oneida County in First Big Snowstorm of Season

The first massive snowstorm of the season was a doozy, at least for some. The Utica area only saw a few inches of lake effect snow but Northern Oneida County had more, a lot more.

5 Cheapest Places To Live In New York State

The most affordable cities to live in New York State.

Cold Temperatures Helping Create Magical Ice Castles in Upstate NY

Ice Castles starting to grow as crews get ready to open by late January.