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Sergei Lavrov says he does not expect “a breakthrough” on the Ukrainian crisis

US Secretary of State Antony Blinke has promised a “united, swift and severe” response in the event of an invasion of Ukraine.

Russian diplomacy chief Sergei Lavrov set the tone this Friday at the start of talks considered crucial to defuse the Ukrainian crisis in Geneva (Switzerland), telling his US counterpart that he does not expect “a breakthrough”.

Seated across from Lavrov, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised a “united, swift and severe” response by the US and its allies in the event of an invasion of Ukraine, but also assured Washington’s commitment to find a diplomatic solution.

The meeting, in one of the palaces on the shores of Lake Geneva, is expected to last just two hours, before Lavrov and Blinken speak separately to the press, according to the France-Presse (AFP) news agency.

Sergei Lavrov and Antony Blinken shook hands in front of the journalists, which they had after leaving the meeting room.

The United States of America (US) suspects that Moscow intends to invade Ukraine, an intention denied by Russia, which maintains about 100,000 troops along the border of its neighboring country.

Today’s meeting is part of an intense diplomatic activity to try to resolve the crisis on Ukraine’s border.

In recent days, and before this meeting in the Swiss city, the US Secretary of State was in Kiev and Berlin.

In the Ukrainian capital, Blinken demonstrated US support for Ukraine, with Washington simultaneously announcing additional aid of US$200 million (about €175 million) to Kiev amid the threat of a potential Russian offensive.

In the German capital, where he maintained contacts on Thursday with European allies France, the United Kingdom and Germany, Blinken underlined the unity of the main Western allies in the face of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and assured that “any” advance on the border by Russia will imply a “rapid and severe” reaction from the US.

Source: with agencies

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