US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken hopes Russia will withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian border after he warned Moscow of the consequences of the invasion of the country during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Stockholm on the sidelines of the OSCE Council of Foreign Ministers as the US State Department reported.
“And I very much hope that Russia chooses to de-escalate, to pull back its forces, and to engage in diplomacy over what differences exist,” Blinken stated.
According to him, he sought to directly explain to Foreign Minister Lavrov the serious consequences that could arise if Russia did indeed commit new acts of aggression against Ukraine. Moreover, the US Secretary of State offered the chief diplomat of the Russian Federation a much better way to resolve existing differences - through diplomacy and, in particular, the implementation of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014 and 2015. This will allow Ukraine to return control over the border.
“So we had a very clear exchange of views on this, and I think Mr. Lavrov will report to President Putin. I will do the same for President Biden,” the head of American diplomacy added.
Recently, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to invade Ukraine. At the moment, it is not yet known whether he made a decision.
On the eve of the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that his department is ready to help Ukraine defend its territory in connection with the threat of a Russian invasion.
Earlier it was reported that on the border of Ukraine with Russia and on the territory of occupied Donbas there are 94.300 Russian military personnel, who can be used for escalation.
Russian investigative group Conflict Intelligence Team reported that Russia continues to transport military equipment to the border with Ukraine.