US ‘fully prepared’ for another Biden-Putin summit, says Antony Blinken

Amid Ukrainian border tensions, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that President Joe Biden was ready to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a last-ditch effort to halt the slide towards a new war in Europe. At a press conference after his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva, Blinken repeated the position of the United States and NATO that there still could be no compromise on the issue. central to the rights of Ukraine and other countries to join NATO in the future. . But he also added that the United States is “fully prepared” for another Biden-Putin summit “if it proves useful and productive.”

“If we conclude and the Russians conclude that the best way to resolve things is through a new conversation between them, we are certainly ready to do that,” Blinken told a press conference after his meeting with the minister. Russian Foreign Affairs in Geneva.

Additionally, the senior US official said the United States would share its concerns with Russia “in more detail and in writing next week.” The United States and Russia “agreed to continue discussions after that,” Blinken said. He added that after the United States shares its response to Russia’s concerns, there will be further conversations “at least at the level of foreign ministers.”

Russia’s foreign minister, on the other hand, has not ruled out a Biden-Putin summit. He said contacts with the United States would continue. Lavrov said Moscow was awaiting Washington’s official response to Russian security requests, adding that the two sides were planning “another conversation at our ministerial level.”

“President Putin is always ready to get in touch with President Biden,” Lavrov added, but said the two sides were not in that position yet. He concluded: “We need to understand what is going to happen before moving to the presidential level.”

The United States and Russia on the “clear path to agreement”

Meanwhile, despite no breakthrough at the high-stakes meeting with Russia’s foreign minister in Geneva, Blinken said the two sides are “on the clear path to understanding”. Blinken also called the talks with Lavrov “frank” and “substantial.” The US secretary of state said the discussion with the Russian diplomat was more a “frank exchange of concerns and ideas” than negotiations.

On the other hand, Lavrov said that Russia never threatened the Ukrainian people, nor did it plan to invade Ukraine. According to Lavrov, Russia hopes the United States will “reduce emotions” for the security talks. Furthermore, Lavrov added that Moscow had urged Washington to pressure Kiev to implement the Minsk agreements.

Tensions between Ukraine and Russia are at their highest in years. A buildup of Russian troops near the two nations’ borders has raised fears that Moscow may launch an invasion. Ukraine even warned that Russia was trying to destabilize the country ahead of any planned military invasion. Western nations, on the other hand, have repeatedly warned Russia against further aggressive moves against the former Soviet nation. And the Kremlin denies it intends to attack and argues that NATO support for Ukraine poses a growing threat on Russia’s western flank.

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Christi C. Elwood