US News Lead 1-Ukrainian Crisis-Meeting Friday in Geneva Between Blinken and Lavrov
Lead 1-Russia excludes any concession under the pressure of the United States
Russia-USA / Security (Lead 1): Lead 1-Russia excludes any concession under the pressure of the United States (updated with Antony Blinken and Background) Moscow, January 9 (Reuters) - Russia said Sunday that it would not do any concession under the US pressure in the future discussions on the Ukrainian crisis and the requests of Moscow on safe guarantees , reported the RIA news agency. According to the RIA Agency, Russia believes that there is a risk that discussions can stop quickly.
Ukraine-crisis / USA-Russia (Lead 1, Photo, TV): Lead 1-Ukrainian crisis-meeting Friday in Geneva between Blinken and Lavrov
* Head of US diplomacy expected in Kiev Wednesday
* Discussions between European representatives and Russians
* Berlin could stop North Stream 2 in case of attack against Ukraine
* NATO proposes to Moscow additional meetings (updated all the way ; Photo / TV available)
by Susan Heavey and Sabine Siebold
Washington / Berlin, January 18 (Reuters) - The Head of American Diplomacy Antony Blinken will meet Friday in Geneva his Russian counterpart to try again, again Sixing tensions with Russia, after preliminary interviews this week with Ukrainian representatives in Kiev and European representatives in Berlin.
Ukraine: Despite a week of negotiations between Russia and the United States, the peace always threatened
© AFP The Russian Minister of Foreign Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov is now waiting for a written answer to the demands of his country. A week of talks between the United States and Russia have not allowed to appease the lively crystallized tensions around Ukraine.
Antony Blinken is expected Wednesday in Kiev on the background of Western fears of a Russian offensive against Ukraine.
Moscow denies any offensive project but, however, warned that it could take military measures - without specifying which - if the West did not respond favorably to its list of security applications, whose warranty that NATO will never allow to Ukraine to join her.
Russia could launch an invasion of Ukraine at any time, said Tuesday the spokesman for the White House, Jen Psaki, stressing that the Ukrainian crisis was "extremely dangerous" while the meetings carried out last week between Moscow And the West did not make it possible to move towards a diplomatic outcome.
In Berlin, the German government suggested Tuesday that it could block the North Stream 2 gas pipeline, connecting Russia to Germany, if Moscow had just invaded Ukraine.
The US Secretary will meet the Ukrainian President Wednesday
Ukraine-crisis / USA: US Secretary of State will meet with Ukrainian President Wednesday Washington, January 18 (Reuters) - US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, will go to Kiev and Berlin this week, announced Tuesday the State Department, after several series of unsuccessful discussions last week between Russia and the United States on Ukraine and security in Europe.
The German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has warned Russia of serious consequences in the event of an attack on his neighbor, and Chancellor Olaf Scholz indicated that preventing any delivery of Russian gas to Germany could be one of the measures taken then.
surveyed on North Stream 2 after a meeting with the NATO Secretary General, Olaf Scholz replied that there would be "a high price to pay" and that "everything would be discussed" in case of Military intervention in Ukraine, after having in the past declared that Germany was willing to take sanctions against Russia as appropriate.
According to a high representative of the US State Department, Russia could trigger an offensive at any time in January or February.
"We have made it clear that significant progress on the diplomatic channel can be done only in a de-escalation environment. But we have seen the exact opposite on the part of Russia," he said to journalists.
Ukraine: the leader of American diplomacy in Europe to avoid climbing
© AP - Alex Brandon The US Secretary of State for his departure for Ukraine, January 18, 2022. The Head of American Diplomacy Antony Blinken goes on Wednesday in Kiev, before Berlin then Geneva Friday, where he will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. "We are at a stage where Russia can launch an attack in Ukraine at any time," said Tuesday the spokesman for the White House Jen Psaki, speaking of an "extremely dangerous situation".
"The president (Russian Vladimir) Putin has the power to take descallades for the United States and Russia to aspire to a relationship not based on hostility or crisis," he added. "The United States does not want any conflict. We want peace".
Antony Blinken will meet Wednesday in Kiev with Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski and his Foreign Minister Dmitro Kouleba. He will then go to Berlin to meet his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock and then the members of the "Transatlantic Quad" bringing together the United States, Great Britain, France and Germany.
The US State Department has indicated in a communiqué that Antony Blinken and Sergei Lavrov have spoken on Tuesday by telephone. According to the American representative, Blinken and Lavrov then agreed that it would be useful to meet.
speaking from Berlin, the NATO Secretary-General said he had invited the members of the Alliance and Russia to additional meetings on the crisis between Moscow in the West.
"NATO Allies are ready to discuss concrete proposals on how to reduce risk and improve transparency on military activities, and how to reduce spatial and computer threats," said Jens Stoltenberg .
"We are also willing to resume the exchange of reports and our common nuclear policies," he added at a joint press conference with Olaf Scholz. (Sabine Siebold report in Berlin, Susan Heavey, Simon Lewis and Daphne Psaledakis in Washington, Alexander Ratz, Vladimir Soldatkin, Andrey Ostroukh and Alexander Marrow in Moscow; French version Jean Terzian)
Ukraine: Joe Biden increases the pressure on Moscow and is concerted with Europe .
© Evelyn Hockstein, Reuters Joe Biden at the White House on January 24th 2022. To show his firmness to Moscow, Washington announced Monday having placed Up to 8,500 military alert, ready to strengthen NATO troops. Europeans, more cautious, call not to create more "volatility" in the Ukrainian crisis. By announcing the possible deployment of thousands of American soldiers to strengthen the troops of NATO , Joe Biden has significantly increased the pressure on Moscow, Monday, January 24th.