“I am deeply concerned about the evidence that Russia will soon invade Ukraine. We call on Russia to withdraw its troops,” he said in a short speech Blinken.
Earlier on Wednesday Blinken he spoke about it during the summit of NATO foreign ministers in Riga. About 100,000 people are stationed at the eastern border of Ukraine. soldiers.
The US Secretary of State argued Stockholmthat “conflicts are resolved through politics.” He recalled that Russia does not fulfill its international obligations, promises and agreements, also with regard to Ukraine.
Lavrov in his speech he replied that “Russia is not planning an invasion.” “Troops are in place in response to” increased aggression “by NATO troops, he said. He called the present situation “a nightmare-like military confrontation.” He called on NATO not to expand further east. He also announced that Moscow will soon present a proposal for a new European security pact.
The head of Russian diplomacy criticized the Western liberal media, which, in his opinion, “paint the world in black and white”.
The head of Swedish diplomacy, Ann Linde, and the host of the meeting, expressed the hope that the talks would be in private Blinkenuntil Lavrovem will allow you to “tone down words”. “Dialogue is always better than attack,” she emphasized.
The tense situation related to the concentration of forces on the border with Ukraine forced Russia to propose a summit between the presidents of Russia and the USA – Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden.
“We hope that the contact between the two presidents will take place in the coming days,” Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said on state television, answering the program host’s question about when the Russian-American summit could take place.
Ryabkov emphasized that the date of the meeting has not been set yet, as it is difficult to find a common date in the calendars of both presidents. However, he stressed that “contact is very necessary because we have multiplying problems”.
“There is no progress in bilateral issues, which are entering the phase of acute crisis more and more, there is no mutual understanding of how to de-escalate the situation in Europe. And there are also other matters,” he explained.
“The only area where our relations are improving is the START system, where normal work begins. However, the presidents must give us and their teams an impetus to go further on other issues. The situation in Europe is very worrying,” he said. Ryabkov.
The deputy head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that the US administration is “closely watching what Russia is doing” in the context of the tense situation around Ukraine and the escalation of the migration crisis in Eastern Europe, so a stabilization of relations between Moscow and Washington is needed.
“We take it easy. After all, presidents are overly busy with important matters, but surely their graphics service will find windows and we will arrange a contact. It is very necessary to send a political signal that the situation is not hopeless, but is stabilizing, and subordinates on both sides need instructions and directives to work for stabilization, “Ryabkov said. The only meeting of Biden and Putin so far was held in Geneva in mid-June.
The ambition of Swedish diplomacy is to adopt a document which will contain a clause condemning the violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine by Russia. According to the media, this may be difficult due to Russia’s resistance.
Comments in the Swedish press indicate that the case of Ukraine and the meeting Blinkenuntil Lavrovem dominated the OSCE Ministerial Council in Stockholm. The head of Polish diplomacy, Zbigniew Rau, participates in the deliberations. According to the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the two-day Ministerial Council of Stockholm is the culmination of Sweden’s presidency of the OSCE in 2021. In 2022, Poland will hold the chairmanship in the organization.