US cancels key meeting with Russia amid Ukraine crisis

Washington (USA): US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there was no sense in moving forward the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov this week amid escalating Russia-Ukraine crisis.

“Last week, I called on Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on 24 February this week to discuss our countries’ respective concerns about European security,” Blinken said during a joint press briefing with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba on Tuesday. had agreed to meet, but only if Russia did not invade Ukraine. Now that we see that the invasion is about to begin and Russia has made clear its wholesale disapproval of diplomacy, at this point in time for that meeting. There’s no point in moving forward.”

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday (local) US forces and military equipment in Europe to “strengthen” Baltic allies in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into two separatist regions of Ukraine. authorized additional movements.

Speaking from the White House on the Russia-Ukraine crisis, Biden also announced new sanctions against Russia after President Vladimir Putin recognized the independence of separate regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

First Published:February 23, 2022, 10:16 am

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