The US hopes that Russia will take a diplomatic approach to resolve the crisis on the border with Ukraine. This was stated by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at a meeting with American diplomats in Kiev. He stressed that he intends to discuss a peaceful settlement of the situation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a meeting on Friday, January 21.
The build-up of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine means that Moscow can order an invasion at short notice, Blinken said.
The Secretary of State also noted that the US President asked him to come to Kiev to confirm Washington’s commitments to Ukraine. Today, Blinken is scheduled to hold talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
Since the fall of last year, reports began to appear in the media citing intelligence data about the concentration of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine. The US and other Western countries have suggested that Moscow is preparing a military invasion. The Kremlin rejected these statements and demanded security guarantees from the US and NATO – in particular, not to expand NATO to the east and not to include new members from the former Soviet republics in the military alliance.
The first round of international negotiations on Russia’s demands with the participation of its representatives took place in early January in Geneva and Brussels. The parties called the consultations serious and frank, but stressed that significant differences between them remain.