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Blinken Meets with Ukrainian President Zelensky Ahead of Talks with Russian Counterpart

HeadlineJan 19, 2022

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv today as tensions with Russia remain high and officials warn of possible imminent military conflict. This is secretary Blinken.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken: “We’ve made very clear to Moscow that if it chooses to renew aggression against Ukraine, it will be met, and it will face very severe consequences. And again, that’s coming not just from the United States but from countries across Europe and beyond.”

Blinken will meet with European officials in Berlin Thursday before holding talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on Friday. The U.S. and other NATO members have been sounding the alarm over the Russian military buildup at its border with Ukraine, as well as the recent arrival of Russian troops in Belarus, which they say could be a launching point for a possible attack. Russia, meanwhile, has warned against Western interference and NATO’s eastward expansion. Russia also wants a guarantee that Ukraine will not become a part of NATO.

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