Blinken: Getting Russia to make progress on de-escalation around Ukraine to be difficult

Source : 112 Ukraine

Next week, Washington will test whether Russia is willing to address the rising tensions around Ukraine diplomatically
20:47, 6 January 2022

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has concluded that it will be difficult for his country to achieve progress from Russia in de-escalating tensions around Ukraine as US State Department reported.

“Ultimately, if we’re to make progress, it’s going to be very difficult to do that in the face of continued Russian escalation of its military build-up and rhetoric.  But we are committed to following this path and seeing if we can produce results.  We’re committed to diplomacy.  We’re committed to supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and to defending the fundamental rules and norms that undergird peace and prosperity in Europe and throughout the world.  And we know Germany shares these commitments,” Blinken noted.

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According to him, the US and Germany prefer to resolve the situation around Ukraine diplomatically, through de-escalation. Next week, in the US-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue, in the NATO-Russia Council and in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Washington will test whether Russia is willing to follow that path.

“We expect that Russia will raise some concerns that it has, many of which have already been publicly aired.  We will raise our concerns about Russia’s destabilizing actions and violations of international norms,” Blinken added.

In late December, it became known that the United States and Russia would hold talks on nuclear arms control and international tensions around Ukraine on January 10.

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Moreover, representatives of Moscow and NATO will meet on January 12, and a summit of Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is scheduled for January 13.

On December 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden had a telephone conversation at 10:35 p.m. Kyiv time. The conversation lasted for 50 minutes. The dialogue was initiated by Vladimir Putin.


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