U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to choose Ukraine’s “peaceful path” yesterday as he visited Kiev to support him before a tense meeting with Russia later this week. Prompted.
Blinken, who will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergeĭ Viklov in Geneva tomorrow, said he would not provide a formal response to Russia’s proposal at the meeting, despite Moscow’s request.
He said Putin was responsible for dispelling fears that Moscow was planning to invade its pro-Western neighbors.
“I strongly hope that this can be kept on a diplomatic and peaceful path, but in the end it will be Putin’s decision,” Blinken said in a day’s visit to Ukraine. Said.
With tens of thousands of Russian troops rallying on the border with Ukraine, tensions between Moscow and the West have culminated after the Cold War, raising the risk of massive conflict in Eastern Europe.
Moscow claims that it has no plans to invade, but demands broader security, including banning Ukraine from joining NATO in exchange for deescalation.
The days of discussions between Western and Russian officials in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna last week did not make progress in resolving the crisis.
Brinken’s arrival in Europe yesterday heightened his diplomatic interests, and after Kiev, he headed to Berlin on Thursday for a four-way talk with Britain, France and Germany, calling for western unification, and with Viklov the next day. Headed to Geneva for a meeting.
In addition to permanently banning Ukraine from joining NATO, Moscow is calling for measures to limit military operations in the former Warsaw Pact and the former Soviet Union, which joined the alliance after the Cold War.
Russia has claimed a written response to the proposal, but Blinken said it would not happen tomorrow.
After meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, he told reporters, “I have no intention of submitting a dissertation to Foreign Minister Viklov at that time.”
“We need to see where we are and see if we have the opportunity to pursue diplomacy and, as I said, pursue dialogue, which is a much more favorable course.” He said.
Mr Kreva said Kiev wants the talks in Geneva to make Russia “constructive rather than offensive.”
He also argued that Ukraine “has no plans for offensive operations” against pro-Russian separatists who could provoke a reaction from Moscow.
Kiev has been fighting Moscow aids in two detached eastern regions since 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. So far, more than 13,000 people have died.
On the streets of the separatist-dominated city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, residents said they wanted to avoid a wider conflict.
“The story is good, at least not a war,” said 77-year-old retired miner Alexei Bokarev, a city AFP with a sign on a Soviet-era building that says “Glory to the Warrior of Liberation.” Told to.
“The gun is quiet and negotiating. That means there is a quest for some sort of solution. How does this end? No one can say,” he says. rice field.
Blinken told Kiev reporters that Moscow has the ability to bring more troops closer to Ukraine “with very short notices” and “challenge some very basic principles that underpin the entire international system.” He said he was aiming for.
Washington rejected Moscow’s request as a “non-starter” and warned that any invasion of Ukraine would be filled with harsh economic countermeasures. During Blinken’s visit, U.S. officials confirmed that the U.S. had approved an additional $ 200 million in security assistance to Ukraine, in addition to the $ 450 million already provided by President Joe Biden’s administration. did.
Tensions increased on Tuesday as joint military exercises began between Russian troops and the former Soviet Belarus, which borders Ukraine.
US officials said the exercises could presage the existence of permanent Russian troops, including both Belarusian conventional and nuclear troops.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said yesterday that the Kremlin is still waiting for a written response to the proposal, but said tomorrow’s talks in Geneva are “very important.”
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