Thursday. 08.12.2022
RUSSIA-UKRAINE TENSIONS

Blinken and Lavrov to meet in Geneva to discuss Ukraine crisis

While the US and its Western allies are demanding a pull-back of the Russian troops, Moscow is demanding certain security guarantees and an end to the eastward expansion of the NATO military alliance
FILED - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the 28th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Photo: -/Russian Foreign Ministry/dpa - ATTENTION: editorial use only and only if the credit mentioned above is referenced in full.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Photo: Russian Foreign Ministry.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will try to defuse a crisis with Moscow over Ukraine when he meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Friday.

Blinken's talks in the Swiss city follow a frenzied round of shuttle diplomacy in Europe as fears mount over Russia's build-up of forces along Ukraine's borders.

He was already in Kiev and Berlin this week.

While the US and its Western allies are demanding a pull-back of the Russian troops, Moscow is demanding certain security guarantees and an end to the eastward expansion of the NATO military alliance.

Russia further objects to US military assistance to Ukraine, where a conflict has simmered in the east between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces since 2014.

Aggression

"All we're trying to do is to make sure to the best of our ability that ... Ukraine has the means to defend itself and that might perhaps deter further aggression by Russia," Blinken said Thursday.

Efforts to ease the threat of large-scale Russian military operations against Ukraine have been in full swing for the past few weeks - including at NATO, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and direct talks with Moscow - but have so far produced no tangible results.

Blinken and Lavrov to meet in Geneva to discuss Ukraine crisis
Comments