The US Secretary of State declared the inadmissibility of further occupation of the territory of Ukraine and the change of power by military means. The US will respond with significant sanctions if this scenario materializes.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke on the phone for the first time since the start of a full-scale war in Ukraine. The head of the State Department announced this at a meeting of the US-Japan Economic Policy Advisory Committee, which was broadcast on YouTube.
According to him, he had an honest and direct conversation with the Russian minister. Blinken urged Moscow to release basketball player Britney Griner and Paul Whelan, who is serving a 16-year sentence on suspicion of espionage.
Greiner was detained in Russia in February, she is suspected of drug possession.
“The world is waiting for Russia to fulfill its obligations under the deal reached with Ukraine, Turkey and the UN on the supply of grain from Ukraine,” Blinken emphasized.
According to the head of the State Department, the world community will not accept Russia's plans for further occupation the territory of Ukraine and the change of democratically elected government.
The United States will impose additional significant sanctions on Russia if it implements these plans, he concluded.
The conversation between Blinken and Lavrov – what they say in the Russian Foreign Ministry< /h2>
The Russian Foreign Ministry added that Lavrov told Blinken about “principled approaches” and “implementation of the goals” of a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Russian minister called on the West to stop supplying the Ukrainian Armed Forces with modern weapons.
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“The Minister emphasized that the situation is complicated by US sanctions, and US promises to provide appropriate exemptions for Russian food supplies are not yet being implemented It was pointed out that the use of this problem by the “collective West” in their geopolitical interests was unacceptable,” the report said.
The Russian side proposed to return to the mode of dialogue in the mode of “quiet diplomacy” regarding the possible exchange of imprisoned Russian citizens and United States.
The parties exchanged views on problems of bilateral relations, which are in dire need of normalization, were concluded at the Foreign Ministry.