US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to fly to Ukraine in a show of support amid fears of a Russian invasion, as tension continues to build up in the region, with Moscow sending troops to Belarus for snap military drills.
Blinken will meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and “reinforce the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”, State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Tuesday.
Blinken will also head to Berlin on Thursday for four-way talks with Britain, France and Germany to discuss “joint efforts to deter further Russian aggression against Ukraine”, Price said in a statement.
Meanwhile, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday invited Russia and allies of the North Atlantic alliance to new talks “in the near future”.
The proposed series of talks would aim to “address our concerns but also listen to Russia’s concerns, and to try to find a way forward to prevent any military attack against Ukraine,” he told a news conference in Berlin.
However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier that there would be no further negotiations until the West gives it proper answers.
“We are now awaiting responses to these proposals — as we were promised — in order to continue negotiations,” he said at a joint press conference with visiting German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock.