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After the Russian invasion, Blingen canceled his meeting with Lavrov

US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen congratulates Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov ahead of talks in Geneva. January 21, 2022. Guide through the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs / REUTERS

US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen on Tuesday announced that he would cancel his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.Scheduled for Geneva (Switzerland) on Thursday Moscow recognized the independence of Donetsk and Lukansk in eastern Ukraine..

“Now we see the beginning of the invasion and Russia has completely rejected its diplomacy.

Still, the US diplomat insisted If the United States does anything to avoid a “bad situation,” As an attack on all Ukraines, including the Ukrainian capital Kiev, “will always be.”

Therefore, he said The United States is “open” to diplomacyBut first, he said, Russia must show that it is “serious and the opposite in the last 24 hours.”

In Blinken’s opinion, Russia was not even “serious” about the meeting with Lavrov. “In the wake of the Russian invasion, we made it clear that we would not pursue that meeting.”, He recalled.

On February 22, 2022, a tank rolls down a street, following Russian President Vladimir Putin's recognition of their independence and ordering the deployment of Russian troops to two divided areas in eastern Ukraine.  , February 22, 2022.  Alexander Ermoshenko
On February 22, 2022, a tank rolls down a street, following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recognition of their independence and ordering the deployment of Russian troops to two divided areas in eastern Ukraine. , February 22, 2022. Alexander Ermoshenko

Blingen canceled a meeting with his Russian ally after Russia recognized the independence of the self-proclaimed secessionist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine and sent Russian troops to Donbass.

in this situation, Guleba stressed that Ukraine has two plans, one is to use all diplomatic tools to prevent Russia from escalating further..

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“If that fails, Plan B will fight for every inch of our land, every city, every city,” Guleba said.

“Russia has brought the world to the brink of catastrophe after World War II,” the Ukrainian minister promised. And US President Joe Biden reiterated his country’s support for the sanctions against Moscow, as announced on Tuesday.

However, he stressed that Ukraine continues to cooperate with the United States, the European Union and NATO in diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions.

At the meeting held today, Tuesday, Blingen and Guleba discuss “steps to protect Ukraine”, including the “loan-leasing” planStrengthen Ukraine’s security, as it was used during World War II, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister said.

Guleba cites the US Debt-Leasing Act of 1941, the last of which was used by the United States during World War II, to lend military equipment to Ukraine.

(With information from EFE)

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