U.S.’s Blinken proposes meeting next week with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov


U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said the Russian government “can announce today with no qualification, equivocation or deflection that Russia will not invade Ukraine,” and “then demonstrate it by sending your troops, your tanks, your planes back to their barracks and hangars, and sending your diplomats to the negotiating table.” Blinken, speaking at the United Nations Security Council, said he sent a letter earlier Thursday to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov proposing that they meet next week in Europe. His comments came as NATO allies accused Russia of misleading the world by saying it was returning some troops to bases, reporting that Moscow has instead added as many as 7,000 more forces near its tense border with Ukraine. “I am here today not to start a war but to prevent one,” Blinken also said.

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