The United States responds with pressure on Russia, but maintains a dialogue on Ukraine to avoid armed conflict

Secretary Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Photo: BERND VON JUTRCZENKA / AFP / Getty Images

The governments of President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are in diplomatic negotiations on the conflict in Ukraine, although the US administration is pressuring the Russian administration to reduce military pressure.

This Tuesday morning Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, as part of the follow-up to the US written response to Russia’s security proposals.

“The secretary emphasized the willingness of the United States, bilaterally and together with allies and partners, to continue a substantive exchange with Russia on mutual security concerns,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

Blinken reiterated the Biden Administration’s commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“As well as the right of all countries to determine their own foreign policy and their alliances,” says the spokesman, referring to Russia’s criticism of Ukraine joining NATO.

The secretary urged the Putin government to reduce military pressure.

“Y [se pidió] the withdrawal of troops and equipment from the borders of Ukraine,” Price said. “He stressed that a further invasion of Ukraine would have accelerated and severe consequences and urged Russia to follow a diplomatic path.”

Monday night the Biden Administration received the written response from Moscow, after you submitted your own conflict resolution responses.

Russia’s response was first reported by The Washington Post, but it is not clear if it was received before or after the Security Council meeting at the United Nations, where the Biden Administration addressed the conflict and the Putin government was questioned, without that details of possible military action be revealed.

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