US Secretary of State Blinken and Russian FM Labrov meet in Geneva to ease tensions, and the West fears Moscow invading Ukraine, despite warnings of harsh retaliation.
Top Russian and US diplomats met in Switzerland to discuss rising tensions over Ukraine after a fierce meeting between officials from both countries last week did not create a breakthrough.
The Friday meeting between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Minister Sergeĭ Viklov will continue the dialogue as their agents meet in Geneva and Russia builds tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border. It will take place only 11 days after the agreement.
Blinken and Viklov are expected to make a brief exchange to determine if diplomacy is still possible, unlike the January 10 session, which lasted nearly eight hours.
They meet at Lakeside Luxury Hotel President Wilson, named after a US leader who made a decision that included intervention in the Bolshevik Revolution.
“These are the difficult problems we face and we can’t solve them quickly. We don’t expect to solve them in Geneva,” Blinken said in Geneva.
“But we can promote mutual understanding,” Blinken said, saying that if Russia lifts the escalation on the ground, “it can keep us away from this crisis in the coming weeks.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry presented the planned agenda of the meeting on Thursday: the text of two proposals by Moscow for a new treaty with both the United States and NATO on security.
Meanwhile, the State Department has issued three statements. Two are specifically about “disinformation” in Russia, including Ukraine, and the other is entitled “Take Action to Reveal and Confuse Russia’s Destabilization Campaign in Ukraine.”
Brinken repeatedly called Russia’s “disinformation” aimed at destabilizing Ukraine, and this Thursday’s diplomatic efforts represented the common views of Western nations on Russia on Friday and pressured them to retreat to Moscow. Said that it means that you can call.
“That unity gives us strength-the strength I may add is neither comparable nor comparable to Russia,” Blinken said.
But that unity seemed to be undermined by Biden’s comment on Wednesday that Russia’s “minor invasion” of Ukraine could not unify the Western response.
Comments forced executives to explain, but they are willing to give Russia’s President Vladimir Putin some leeway to avoid a total aggression, a U.S. ally. Raised suspicion among.
Russia, which has already fueled a deadly uprising in eastern Ukraine that has killed more than 13,000 people since 2014, demanded assurance that NATO would not accept the former Soviet Republic or expand in the former sphere of Moscow. ..
The US and its European partners are prepared to consider certain less dramatic gestures, but Russia’s demands are out of the question, and Putin says they know they are non-starters.
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