Blinken will give Lavrov a “tough message” in view of attempts to annex part of Ukraine

Secretary of State Blinken plans to send a “tough message” to Russian Minister Lavrov about the inadmissibility of annexing new territories of Ukraine, as well as the consequences that await Russia for this.

State Department spokesman Ned Price stated this at a briefing in Washington, according to an Ukrinform correspondent.

“The Secretary of State would like to convey a very strong message about our concern that Russia may forcefully annex parts of Ukraine’s sovereign territory,” a State Department spokesman said.

He stressed that very disturbing statements continue to come from Moscow, including from the personal side of Minister Lavrov about “expanding the geography” of Russia’s plans in the territory outside the occupied Donbass.

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“We believe that it would be rational for the minister laurel to hear directly from Secretary Blinken the message that annexation by force would be a complete violation of the UN Charter and international law and entail a huge cost (for Russia – Ed.) And consequences for most of the world, ”said a State Department spokesman.

Price noted that Blinken’s planned conversation with the Russian minister is not talks about Ukraine, nor is it in any way a return to “business as usual” with Russia.

“This is being done for Ukraine, which should meet (at the negotiating table. – Ed.) with Russia,” the State Department spokesman explained.

According to him, “Ukrainian partners have made it very clear that they are ready and fully aware that the Russian aggression will eventually stop and it must be completed through dialogue and diplomacy.”

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At the same time, Price added, Russia shows no signs of being interested in active and constructive dialogue and diplomacy.

Recall the day before Anthony Blinken reportedthat he plans to speak on the phone with Russian Minister Lavrov. At the same time, the US Secretary of State noted that he would raise the issue of the release of American citizens unfairly detained in Russia, as well as the removal of grain from Ukrainian ports intended for export.

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