The tete-a-tete with Lavrov will comply with the highest US diplomat’s travel this week to Ukraine and Germany to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his overseas counterparts.
The two overseas ministers spoke by telephone on Tuesday, and the senior US official mentioned it was “in the context of that conversation” that they agreed to meet in individual.
The proven fact that Blinken and Lavrov will meet on Friday “suggests that perhaps diplomacy is not dead,” the official mentioned.
The official mentioned the 2 sides wished to see if there are alternatives for “common ground.”
During Tuesday’s name, Blinken and Lavrov spoke about final week’s diplomatic engagements and “stressed the importance of continuing a diplomatic path to de-escalate tensions surrounding the deeply troubling Russian military build-up in and near Ukraine,” State Department spokesman Ned Price mentioned Tuesday in a readout of the decision.
In Kyiv, Blinken will meet with Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba “to reinforce the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Price additionally introduced Tuesday.
In Berlin, Blinken will “discuss recent diplomatic engagements with Russia and joint efforts to deter further Russian aggression against Ukraine, including Allies’ and partners’ readiness to impose massive consequences and severe economic costs on Russia.”
Blinken will meet with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, adopted by a gathering with the Transatlantic Quad, which additionally contains the UK and France, in accordance to Price.
Following final week’s diplomatic engagements, a big rift remained between Washington and Moscow over Russia’s key calls for, which the US and its NATO allies have deemed as non-starters.
Blinken is “150% committed to seeing if there is a diplomatic offramp here” and that’s the impetus for this engagement, the senior State Department official mentioned. It remains to be too early to inform if Russia is ready to negotiate in good religion, the official added.
It stays unclear if the US will reply to Russia’s proposal final week with a written response, which Russia has demanded. When requested about that the official solely mentioned that the US stays ready to have interaction with Russia on “on security issues and meaningful dialogue.”
Meanwhile, the US has been assuring Ukraine of its dedication to the nation amid new warning indicators and US intelligence that recommend Russia is making ready a Ukraine invasion.
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