US, Russian ministers discuss Ukraine at ‘critical moment’

US, Russian ministers discuss Ukraine at ‘critical moment’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Friday that a week-long standoff over Ukraine was at a “critical moment” as he held talks with his Russian counterpart amid growing concerns that Europe could be engulfed by war again. could.

Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lowered expectations ahead of the meeting in Geneva, each in their own way, saying the talks were only a step.

With 100,000 Russian troops gathering near the Ukrainian border, many fear Moscow is preparing to invade – and the US and its allies are scrambling to present a united front if they do. Can’t or can’t coordinate response.

“We don’t expect to resolve our differences here today. But I hope and hope that we can test whether diplomacy or dialogue remains open,” Blinken told Lavrov. moment.”

Lavrov said that he “does not expect success even in these negotiations. What we expect is a concrete response to our concrete proposals.” Moscow has sought concessions from NATO on the Western Alliance’s relationship with Ukraine, a former Soviet republic.

Washington and its allies have repeatedly promised “serious” consequences such as cutting economic sanctions – though not military action – against Russia if an invasion escalates.

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