Status: 01/19/2022 04:34 am
Due to the impending escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, US Secretary of State Blingen meets with Ukrainian President Selenskie during his visit to Europe. The White House sees responsibility for the situation with Russia.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen is meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky today in Kiev to discuss the threat of a deepening crisis in Ukraine. Blingen will hold talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba in the capital. According to his ministry, the US leadership wants to “reaffirm US support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” at diplomatic meetings.
Ulrich Ueckerseifer, ARD Washington, commenting on the Ukraine conflict in the United States
Night Magazine 12:23 am, 19.1.2022
Blingen met with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov
Blinken will travel from Kiev to Berlin on Thursday, where he will meet with Union Foreign Minister Annalena Barbach and the Foreign Ministers of France and Great Britain. On Friday he will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. During the scheduled talks in Geneva, a senior US official said that Blingen would urge the Russian government to take immediate steps to ease the situation on the Russia-Ukraine border.
Speaking to reporters, he said that despite all diplomatic efforts to defuse tensions, Russia has so far pursued a course of anti-mitigation. Russia could attack Ukraine anywhere, anytime, perhaps between January and February.
“Diplomacy is not dead”
The U.S. State Department says the meeting with Lavrov is likely to see a common ground between Moscow and Washington. “Diplomacy is not dead,” a spokesman said. It continues to work very closely with its allies to ensure that there are “massive consequences” if Russia decides to continue further military aggression against Ukraine.
The US government has warned of possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. White House spokeswoman Zhen Zaki again blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for the expansion. “President Putin caused the crisis by deploying 100,000 Russian troops on the border with Ukraine,” Zaki said. “To be clear, we consider the situation to be very dangerous. Russia is on the verge of launching an attack on Ukraine at any moment.”
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