Washington promised a written response to Russia’s security requirements next week and did not rule out a presidential meeting.
For 90 minutes, US Secretary of State Antony Blink discussed Ukraine with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva, Switzerland.
Russia’s foreign ministry later said Lavrov had issued a serious warning if Washington continued to ignore Moscow’s security demands.
On the other hand, Blinken told reporters that no major breakthroughs reportedly occurred during the meeting AFP.
However, he believes both sides are on a clear path to understanding each other’s concerns and positions.
He also hopes to communicate his concerns and ideas to Russia in more detail next week in writing and to hold further talks.
Separately, Lavrov told reporters, “Blinken agrees that we need to have a sensible dialogue and I hope emotions will subside.”
He added that another meeting between the US and Russia could take place at a different time.
However, he said it was too early to talk about another high-level meeting between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Biden and Putin will meet in person in Geneva in June 2021.
Blinken hasn’t ruled out new talks between the presidents after Biden twice warned Putin over the phone about the consequences of invading Ukraine.
The Biden administration has also pushed for more transparency in military exercises.
Russia did not reject the request. On Thursday (January 20, 2022) Moscow announced a massive naval exercise as a show of force.
Blinken said he asked Lavrov to prove that Russia had no intention of attacking Ukraine.
He also advised Moscow to start de-escalating tensions by withdrawing troops on the Ukrainian border.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would be against international law.
“I’m sure that won’t happen,” Guterres added.
Russian lawmakers have introduced a bill that would oblige Putin to recognize the independence of two pro-Moscow separatist regions in Ukraine, Donetsk and Lugansk.
Ukrainian military intelligence on Friday accused Russia of sending new weapons and equipment to separatists since earlier this month.
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