US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held telephonic talks with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and discussed the situation in Ukraine and expressed support for Kyiv, as US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price reports.
"The Secretary and Foreign Secretary discussed Afghanistan and reaffirmed their support for Ukraine in the face of Russian provocations. They both emphasized the need for Moscow to immediately cease its military buildup and inflammatory rhetoric," Price said in a statement.
As we reported earlier, Russia refused to participate in the OSCE meeting, which was initiated by Ukraine due to the buildup of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border in Donbas and in occupied Crimea. This was reported by the US Mission to the OSCE on the Twitter page.
"Russia declined to participate in today's OSCE meeting with Ukraine to explain its unusual military buildup on Ukraine's borders and in occupied Crimea. We regret that Russia did not avail itself of this opportunity to address concerns and reduce risks under the Vienna Document," the message reads.