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Russia must choose between dialogue and confrontation at Ukraine talks

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that the positive outcome of the talks with Ukraine depends on Russia’s willingness to abandon the aggression.

Blinken said he did not expect a major breakthrough at the parley, but emphasized that if Russia were not involved in diplomacy, there would be potential punishment awaiting Russia. (AFP)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Russia must choose between dialogue and confrontation prior to the talks in Geneva on rising tensions over Ukraine.

“There is a dialogue and diplomatic path to resolve some of these differences and avoid conflicts,” Blinken said on CNN’s “State of the Union” show on Sunday.

“Another way is the confrontation and massive consequences of Russia’s renewal of its invasion of Ukraine. We are trying to test the proposal for a way that President Putin is ready to take. “

Blinken warned that the positive outcomes of the talks depended in part on Russia’s willingness to stand up from its aggressive stance, which was likened to “the atmosphere of escalation with a gun in Ukraine’s head.”

“Therefore, if we really make progress, we will need to withdraw from the threat Russia currently poses to Ukraine and mitigate escalation,” said US President Joe Biden’s chief diplomat.

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“Large results”

Blinken admitted that he did not expect a major breakthrough at the parley, but emphasized that if he was not involved in diplomacy, there would be potential punishment awaiting Washington’s rivals.

Earlier, Blinken told ABC “this week” that Russia could face serious economic and financial implications.

“This isn’t just what I’m saying. I asked the G7 (a group of seven major democracies) to clarify that significant consequences will occur, as will the European Union and NATO partners and allies. is.”

Moscow denied concessions at a long-awaited meeting on Sunday, when Russian officials held a week-long diplomacy to meet with NATO and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

The Kremlin, wary of the potential for NATO’s eastern expansion, argued that the group would never grant membership to Ukraine, a former Soviet state promoting participation in transatlantic organizations.

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Ukraine protests prior to negotiations

With Ukraine’s fate at stake, protesters went out to the streets of Kiev prior to important strategic negotiations between the United States and Russia.

The immediacy of Russia’s threat of invasion of Ukraine will be at the top of the agenda for a series of high-level meetings between the United States and Russia on Monday.

The day before the talks, protesters expressed concern about Russia’s next move amid heightened alertness to the buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine.

Some people referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin and put up a sign saying “No to Putin.”

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