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Blinken says Russia’s aggression is contrary to his security interests

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds a press conference after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on January 21 in Geneva, Switzerland.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds a press conference after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on January 21 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Fabrice Cofrini/AFP/Getty Images)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in Geneva on Friday that Washington is committed to a “united, swift and serious response” if Moscow commits further aggression against Ukraine.

Two top diplomats on Friday ended their one-and-a-half-hour bilateral meeting, during which the US tried to persuade Russia to de-escalate the situation on the Ukrainian border, where Russia has gathered thousands of troops and signs of a possible invasion of Ukraine. Show it. ,

“We, all of us, are equally committed to the path of diplomacy and dialogue to try to resolve our differences,” Blinken said on Friday., “But we are also committed, if this proves impossible, and Russia decides to pursue aggression against Ukraine for a united, swift and serious response.”

In a press conference after the meeting with Blinken, Lavrov said the US had agreed to send written responses to all of Russia’s security demands.

The two sides acknowledged before their talks that neither was expecting a breakthrough on Russia’s security demands, which the US and allies have deemed a non-start.

Blinken reiterated that he did not expect the US and Russia to settle their differences at the meeting, but said he hoped to keep a diplomatic route open to address those issues.

“We are determined to follow that path and resolve our differences peacefully,” he said.

Blinken met with Lavrov on Friday after meeting with his German, UK and French counterparts and Kiev in Berlin, where he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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