US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warned Russia of the danger of a “confrontation” before the start of talks in Geneva on the situation in Ukraine, in light of high tension.
“There is a path of dialogue and diplomacy to try to resolve some of these differences and avoid confrontation,” Blinken said on CNN. “The other path is the path of confrontation and the enormous repercussions on Russia if it renews its aggression against Ukraine,” he added. We are assessing which course President Vladimir Putin is preparing to take.” The US Secretary of State said he did not expect a breakthrough in the security talks between the United States and Russia, but he hoped that there might be areas where the two countries could reach an agreement.
For its part, Russia has ruled out making “any concession” ahead of talks with the United States. “We will not accept any concession,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who is participating in the negotiations, told Russian news agencies. This is completely unlikely.”
“We were disappointed by the signals issued in recent days from Washington and Brussels as well,” he stressed.