On July 29, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, after which he reported the details of this conversation to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.
Kuleba wrote about this in his twitterreports Ukrinform.
The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that on July 29 he spoke with the US Secretary of State. Blinken told him about the results of his conversation with the Russian foreign minister.
“We agreed to further strengthen Ukraine militarily and economically and focused on the next practical steps that will allow Ukraine to make the Russian invasion fail,” Kuleba said.
I spoke with @SecBlinken who informed me on the takeaways of his call with Russian foreign minister. We agreed to further strengthen Ukraine militarily and economically and focused on the next practical steps which will allow Ukraine to force Russian invasion into failure.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) July 29, 2022
According to Blinken, he discussed several important issues with Lavrov.
“The conversation was frank and direct,” writes CNN.
The secretary of state offered the Kremlin new terms for the exchange of Americans Paul Whelan, accused of espionage, and basketball player Britney Griner, who was detained at the airport for an electronic cigarette with cannabis oil.
In addition, Blinken told Lavrov that he expects the implementation of the agreement on the export of Ukrainian grain. by the Black Sea. He also recalled the high-profile statements of the Russian diplomat regarding “geographical tasks” and the annexation of Ukrainian territories.
“I made it clear to Lavrov that these plans will never be recognized by the world community. The world will never recognize annexations,” Blinken stressed.
The Secretary of State concluded that in the event of the annexation of Ukrainian territories, additional sanctions would be imposed on Russia.
Recall that Blinken spoke with Lavrov for the first time since the start of a full-scale war in Ukraine. In particular, they talked about the release of Americans illegally detained in Russia and the resumption of Ukrainian grain exports.