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Blinken says Russia scoffs at talk of "peaceful coexistence" with the United States

Blinken says Russia scoffs at talk of “peaceful coexistence” with the United States

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Secretary of State Anthony Blinken reacted to Russian The foreign minister called on his country and the United States to return to a “peaceful coexistence” akin to the Cold War by claiming that the Kremlin was mocking the concept with its war efforts in Ukraine.

When asked about this during a joint press conference with the Estonian prime minister, Blinken’s response was candid.

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“Peaceful coexistence has two words. One is peace,” Blinken said. Russia is doing everything in its power to mock this word through its aggression against Ukraine.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken speaks during a joint press conference with Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas on the occasion of their meeting in Tallinn, Estonia, on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.
(Photo by Associated Press/Raul Me)

Blinken went on to say that the United States would “welcome” “peaceful coexistence” in principle, but he made clear what Russia would have to do in order to get to this point.

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“You should start with the actual definition of peaceful and end the war, the aggression you are committing in Ukraine,” Blinken said. “It’s pretty straightforward.”

Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken greets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before their meeting, Friday, January 21, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken greets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before their meeting, Friday, January 21, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

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Blinken noted earlier that the Russian people are suffering as a result of the war effort, with the value of their currency depreciating and major corporations stopping doing business there. He said he wanted the people of Russia to know that it was all the fault of Russian President Vladimir put it in.

“President Putin is making Russia a pariah, destroying within 30 years of international openness and opportunity,” Blinken said, adding that “this is not the Russian people’s war” but “President Putin’s war to subjugate a sovereign country.”

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“And until he finishes it, the world will hold him accountable,” Blinken continued.