U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that the country will respond in writing to Russian security needs and that a presidential meeting was possible.
The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, reiterated warnings of serious Western retaliation during a 90-minute meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva, amid growing fears that Russia may attack its pro-Western neighbour. Blinken, on the other hand, described the high-stakes discussions as “honest” and not “polemical,” with Lavrov expressing hope that the temperature between the erstwhile Cold War adversaries will be lowered.
Tens of thousands of Russian troops have gathered on Ukraine’s border, claiming it has no intention of invading but seeking security guarantees, including a permanent prohibition on the country joining NATO.
Although “we didn’t expect any huge breakthroughs to happen today,” Blinken told reporters, “I feel that we are now on a clear path in terms of understanding each other’s worries and understanding each other’s perspectives.”
In addition, he stated that “we anticipate being able to express our concerns and views with Russia in greater detail in writing next week,” and that “we agreed to further discussions after that.”
In a separate interview with reporters, Lavrov also stated that he had been promised written responses by the end of the week. In a statement, he stated, “Antony Blinken agreed that we needed to have a rational discourse, and I hope tensions would subside.”
The answer is, “I’m not sure if we’re on the right track or not.” We will be notified as soon as we receive a response.”
He went on to say that another meeting between the two leaders may take place, but that it was “premature” to begin talking about another summit between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, who met in Geneva in June, at this time.
Blinken, on the other hand, would not rule out the possibility of new conversations between the presidents following Biden’s telephone warnings to Putin about the repercussions of an invasion of Ukraine.
“If we come to the conclusion (and) the Russians come to the conclusion that the best way to settle problems is through further communication between them,” Blinken added, “we’re definitely prepared to do that.”