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Washington: Blinken will meet Lavrov next week unless there is a Russian invasion of Ukraine


Washington (AFP) – February 18, 2022. 07:23

Meeting Blinken and Lavrov if Russia does not invade Ukraine

  • US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will meet with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov next week if Russia does not invade Ukraine
  • State Department spokesman Ned Price said Blinken offered to meet Lavrov “in Europe next week.”
  • For his part, a White House official indicated that US President Joe Biden will hold talks on Friday afternoon with leaders of transatlantic countries

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken meets with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov Next week, if Russia does not invade Ukraine, the US State Department announced Thursday.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said Blinken offered to meet Lavrov “in Europe next week.

The Russians responded by suggesting dates for the end of next week, which we agreed to on the condition that there would not be a Russian invasion of Ukraine“.

“If they invade in the coming days, it will clearly show that they were never serious about diplomacy,” he added.

For his part, a White House official indicated that US President Joe Biden will hold talks on Friday afternoon with the leaders of transatlantic countries “on the Russian military forces massed on Ukraine’s borders” and efforts to prevail over diplomacy.

According to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s programme, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, the United Kingdom, the European Union and NATO will participate in these remote talks.

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