US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday in Geneva, Switzerland. This was stated by a US State Department employee. Earlier, the US had already telephoned Lavro and called for a “diplomatic approach” to end the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.
The US diplomat “emphasized the importance of pursuing a diplomatic path to defuse tensions in Ukraine and the Russian troops surrounding it,” a statement said in a statement.
Blingen reiterated the United States’ unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He urged European partners, including NATO allies and Ukraine, to take part in any consultations on European security, “said Pryce.
Flinken will travel to Kiev on Wednesday to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky and his rival Dmitry Kulepa. He said he would “reaffirm US commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Blingen wants to meet with staff at the US Embassy in Ukraine and explain emergency plans in case of further escalation.
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On Thursday, Blinken will hold consultations with Berlin in Germany, France and the United Kingdom. The US State Department has said that joint efforts to prevent Russian aggression against Ukraine will be discussed.
A meeting between Blingen and Lavrov is scheduled for Friday. It was in Geneva. An anonymous foreign ministry official said the secretary of state was “150% involved” in the search for a diplomatic solution. It said the meeting between the two ministers would provide an opportunity for Washington and Moscow to find a common ground. “Diplomacy is not dead.”
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And NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg wants to take action again. “Today I invite Russia and all NATO allies to a future NATO-Russia Council meeting to address our concerns, but to listen to Russia’s concerns and try to find a way out of the crisis,” NATO President German Chancellor Olaf Scholes told a news conference.
Norway said the Allies were ready to put forward written proposals and pursue constructive decisions. It may worry about reducing risks in military operations, greater transparency and improving communication channels.
Diplomatic efforts in Ukraine have multiplied in recent weeks. Last Wednesday, for example, was the first NATO-Russia council in 2.5 years.