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Blinken in Kiev to assist Ukraine against the Russian threat

After failing to relieve fear at last week’s talks, the White House warned that Russia was “always” ready to attack Ukraine.

Hoping to show strong support prior to the talks, top US diplomats are visiting Kiev for a day at a show of support to Ukraine. (Reuters)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has landed in Kiev to negotiate a crisis with Ukrainian leaders in a diplomatic effort to discourage Russia from attacking pro-Western neighbors.

He will be greeted by Ukrainian officials on Wednesday at the icy moonlit tarmac and will later meet President Volodymyr Zelensky.

After failing to alleviate fear at last week’s talks, the White House warned on Tuesday that Russia was “always” ready to attack Ukraine.

Threat assessments have been significantly strengthened prior to the upcoming meeting between Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergeĭ Viklov in Geneva on Friday.

Hoping to show strong support prior to the talks, top US diplomats are visiting Kiev for a day at a show of support to Ukraine.

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In search of Western unity

Blinken will head to Berlin on Thursday to hold four-party talks with Britain, France and Germany, calling for Western unity.

“We are now at the stage where Russia can launch an attack on Ukraine at any time,” White House spokesman Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday.

“There is no choice,” she said, warning of “a very dangerous situation.”

And she said Russian President Vladimir Putin “caused this crisis.”

Moscow has repeatedly denied that an invasion is planned.

Diplomacy off lamp

In a call between top U.S. and Russian diplomats prior to Blinken’s trip, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Viklov had called on Blinken to “do not duplicate speculation about the alleged imminent’invasion of Russia’.” rice field.

Blinken “emphasized the importance of continuing the diplomatic path to relieve tensions,” said Ned Price, a spokesman for the US State Department.

Blinken’s goal was to see “whether there is a diplomatic off-ramp” and “commonality” that could convince Russia to withdraw from Ukraine, a U.S. official who said on condition of anonymity. ..

With tens of thousands of Russian troops rallying on the Ukrainian border, efforts are underway to prevent tensions from spreading into a new European war.

Kiev has fought the rebellion of pro-Moscow in two secession areas bordering Russia since the 2014 Kremlin annexed the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine.

The conflict in eastern Ukraine has killed more than 13,000 people so far.

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Source: AFP

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