(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) – This morning in Geneva, Switzerland, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov are giving diplomacy another go in an effort to defuse the crisis created by Russia’s massing of an estimated 100,000 troops on the border of Ukraine.
“I'll urge that Russia find its way back to the agreements it swore to over the decades and to working with the United States and our allies and partners in Europe to write a future that can ensure our mutual security but also make clear that that possibility will be extinguished by Russian aggression against Ukraine, which would also do the very thing Moscow complains about: bolster the NATO defensive alliance,” Blinken said in a speech in Berlin ahead of his face to face with Lavrov.
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“These are difficult issues we're facing. Resolving them won't happen quickly. I certainly don't expect we'll solve them in Geneva,” Blinken said. “But we can advance our mutual understanding. And that, combined with de-escalation of Russia's military buildup on Ukraine's borders – that can turn us away from this crisis in the weeks ahead.”