The US Secretary of State heads to Kiev, Berlin and Geneva for crisis talks amid the Ukraine conflict. The deployment of troops in Belarus is alarming for the Biden government.
Shortly before the arrival of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in Ukraine, Moscow tried to calm down again on Wednesday: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the United States had no reason to worry about the transfer of Russian soldiers to Belarus. Russia has sent troops to Belarus for a planned joint military exercise. “I can assure you that you don’t have to worry about these exercises.”
But in Washington as well as in European capitals, alarm bells have long been ringing in light of the massive deployment of Russian forces to the Ukrainian border with more than 100,000 troops — even if Moscow protests that it is not planning to invade Ukraine. The fact that Foreign Minister Blinkin went to Kiev, Berlin and Geneva on Wednesday, despite three failed rounds of Russian-US talks last week, where he will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday, shows how seriously the United States is taking the situation.
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