Blinken: US agrees to work with allies to address Russia’s security concerns

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21 ene 2022 12:55 GMT

Washington will submit its own security concerns in writing next week.

The United States and its allies are willing to work to solve Russia’s security concerns, declared the Secretary of State of the North American country, Antony Blinken, after his meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in the Swiss city of Geneva. this Friday.

The talks in Geneva have allowed the US and Russia to better understand each other’s positions, the US diplomat said, adding that Washington will submit its own security concerns in writing next week.

At the same time, the US and its allies remain supportive of Ukraine’s sovereignty and stand ready to launch a “quick and firm response if Russia invades UkraineBlinken stressed, warning of serious consequences if Russian troops cross the Ukrainian border. Moscow has to choose between negotiations and conflict, he said, while Washington is ready for both options.

Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State.

We support the sovereignty of Ukraine. If any Russian military force crosses the border, that would be an invasion and would be met with a harsh response.

In Blinken’s opinion, Russia should start withdrawing its troops from the border with Ukraine “if it wants to convince the world of an absence of aggressive plans.” The diplomat heard from Foreign Minister Lavrov that Russia has no intention of invading its neighboring country, but the US needs more tangible evidence of Moscow’s peaceful attitude, he added.

Blinken believes that the ideas he presented to his Russian counterpart allow “reducing tensions and improving security.” In addition, in his opinion, “this has not been a negotiation”, but an exchange of ideas.

Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister

Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister

I would like to once again remind those who analyze our position that Russia has never, anywhere, even once threatened the Ukrainian people.

In turn, the Russian foreign minister recalled that the Ukrainian president, Vladimir Zelensky, has publicly urged his fellow citizens who feel Russian to “go to Russia” and branded “human waste” to those who oppose the “state terrorism of the Kiev regime” in the Donbass region.

“So who threatens whom and what these threats can lead to is a big question,” said the Russian minister.

Commenting on speculation fueled by the Ukrainian authorities and several Western countries about an alleged Moscow-planned invasion of Ukraine, the Russian foreign minister reiterated: “We have already explained many times that it is not so”.

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