US and Russia try to lower temperature in Ukraine crisis

BREAKING: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he didn’t expect any breakthroughs in talks with Russia on Ukraine, but that the two sides are on a “clearer path” to understanding each other’s concerns.

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BREAKING: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he didn’t expect any breakthroughs in talks with Russia on Ukraine, but that the two sides are on a “clearer path” to understanding each other’s concerns.

GENEVA (AP) — The United States and Russia sought to lower the temperature Friday in a heated standoff over Ukraine, even as they said no breakthrough was imminent in the crisis that has raised fears of a possible Russia n invasion.

But he said he also wanted to use the opportunity to share directly with Lavrov some “concrete ideas to address some of the concerns that you have raised, as well as the deep concerns that many of us have about Russia’s actions.”Ukraine is already beset by conflict. Russia’s Putin seized control of Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula in 2014 and backed a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine, part of a simmering but largely stalemated conflict with Ukrainian forces that has taken more than 14,000 lives. Putin faced limited international consequences for those moves, but the West says a new invasion would be different.

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US concerns: Russia invading Ukraine Russia concerns: Ukraine inviting in NATO I'm not sure that required a meeting to clear up. 🤷‍♂️ It's just a game to these people. Facing the onslaught of covid pandemic, economic downturn, food insufficiency, the world must also contend with war mongers who are bent on destruction, rather than constructive and prosperous peace. We need a break, Putin and Xi and other trouble makers.

This is bullshit on top of bullshit If the US still refuses to deploy troops on the ground, Russia might not take the west's position to be serious enough. This administration is a complete joke. Everything they touch turns to shit. This isn’t new concern from previous ones either.

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US, Russia hold last-ditch talks on Ukraine war fearsWashington and Moscow 's top diplomats meet Friday in Geneva in a last-ditch bid for a solution over Ukraine, with the United States increasingly fearing that Russia will invade despite warnings of severe reprisals.

War With Russia Over Ukraine 'Last Thing' US Needs, Say ProgressivesUrging diplomacy over violence, foreign policy experts say 'Biden's failure to acknowledge Russia 's legitimate security concerns has led to the present impasse.'

US warns of 'severe, swift' response if Russia sends troops to UkraineThere will be a “swift, severe” response from Washington and its allies if Russia sends military forces into Ukraine, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warns It is simply amazing with what perseverance America is trying to push Russia to go to war with Ukraine.

Mitch McConnell says US should arm Ukraine after Biden’s Russia commentsThe Senate Republican minority leader said Thursday the US should arm Ukraine, a day after President Joe Biden’s remarks raised questions about an international response to a Russia n invasion… Drag us into a war with a nuclear super power. Great idea ass holes. Did he check with Trump? Why not we don't use our weapons, we leave them behind.

UN chief: World worse now due to COVID, climate, conflict But he said he also wanted to use the opportunity to share directly with Lavrov some “concrete ideas to address some of the concerns that you have raised, as well as the deep concerns that many of us have about Russia’s actions.” Ukraine is already beset by conflict. Russia’s Putin seized control of Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula in 2014 and backed a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine, part of a simmering but largely stalemated conflict with Ukrainian forces that has taken more than 14,000 lives. Putin faced limited international consequences for those moves, but the West says a new invasion would be different. Ahead of his meeting with Lavrov, Blinken met Ukraine’s president in Kyiv and top diplomats from Britain, France and Germany in Berlin this week. Adding to its repeated verbal warnings to Russia, the United States stepped up sanctions on Thursday. The U.S. Treasury Department slapped new measures on four Ukrainian officials. Blinken said the four were at the center of a Kremlin effort begun in 2020 to damage Ukraine’s ability to “independently function.” The Russian Foreign Ministry reaffirmed its demands Friday that NATO not expand into Ukraine, that no alliance weapons be deployed near Russian borders and that alliance forces pull back from Central and Eastern Europe. The State Department, meanwhile, put out three statements – two on Russian “disinformation,” including specifically on Ukraine, and another entitled “Taking Action to Expose and Disrupt Russia’s Destabilization Campaign in Ukraine.” The documents accused Russia and Putin of trying to reconstitute the former Soviet Union through intimidation and force. The Russian Foreign Ministry mocked those statements, saying they must have been prepared by an Orwellian “Ministry of Truth,” and Lavrov caustically dismissed them. “I do hope that not everyone in the State Department was working on those materials and there were some who were working on the essence of our proposals and their substance,” he said. The Russian Foreign Ministry also rejected Western claims that Moscow was trying to rebuild the Soviet empire and carve out its zone of influence in eastern Europe, charging that it’s the West that thinks in categories of zones of influence. Blinken has taken pains to stress U.S. unity with its allies in opposition to a possible Russian invasion, something that took an apparent hit earlier this week when Biden drew widespread criticism for saying retaliation for Russian aggression in Ukraine would depend on the details and that a “minor incursion” could prompt discord among Western allies. On Thursday, Biden sought to clarify his comments by cautioning that any Russian troop movements across Ukraine’s border would constitute an invasion and that Moscow would “pay a heavy price” for such an action. “I’ve been absolutely clear with President Putin,” Biden said. “He has no misunderstanding: Any, any assembled Russian units move across the Ukrainian border, that is an invasion.” Russia has denied it is planning an invasion and instead accused the West on Thursday of plotting “provocations” in Ukraine, citing the delivery of weapons to the country by British military transport planes in recent days. ___ Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed. AP NEWS