Blinken: We will respond quickly and harshly to Russia's aggression against Ukraine

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken

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# 21 January 2022 15:18 (UTC +04:00)

"If Russia decides to continue its aggression against Ukraine, we will respond jointly, quickly and harshly,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva., APA reports.

He said the meeting was part of an ongoing effort to achieve de-escalation and prevent Russian aggression against Ukraine. "I come from discussions with our allies and partners, as well as with Ukrainian officials. We are all in close coordination and share our concerns. We are all working to resolve all differences and are committed to diplomacy and dialogue. But if it becomes impossible and Russia decides to continue its aggression against Ukraine, we will respond quickly and harshly together. I would like to take this opportunity to share directly with you the common views of our allies, as well as specific ideas that address your and our deep concerns about Russia's actions," he said.

He stressed that the United States and its allies are committed to fundamental principles and will always uphold them. "This is a critical moment, of course, we cannot resolve all issues here, but I hope and believe that we can decide on the path of diplomacy. The path of diplomacy and dialogue is open and we are committed to continue in this way. I hope that we can check this proposal today and see where we will go further. "

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