Blinken warns Lavrov that the world will ‘never’ recognize the annexation of Ukrainian territories

Blinken warns Lavrov that the world will ‘never’ recognize the annexation of Ukrainian territories

The head of the American diplomacy also pressed his Russian counterpart to accept the offer of the United States to obtain the release of Americans detained in Russia.

Antony Blinken said he warned Sergei Lavrov that the world would “never” recognize the annexation of Ukrainian territories by Russia. TOM BRENNER / AFP

The head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken announced on Friday July 29 that he had a “frank” discussion with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, during which the American warned that the world would “never” recognize the annexation of Ukrainian territories by Russia.

He also urged Sergei Lavrov to accept the US offer to secure the release of Americans detained in Russia. “We had a frank and direct discussion”, declared the American secretary of State during a press conference. “I called on the Kremlin to accept the substantial offer we made to them.” The head of the American diplomacy announced on Wednesday that he planned to contact his Russian counterpart to discuss a United States offer to release basketball player Brittney Griner and ex-US soldier Paul Whelan. It could be an exchange for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer imprisoned in the United States.

“Significant additional costs”

Antony Blinken declined to describe Sergei Lavrov’s reaction. “I can’t tell you if I think things are more or less likely,” he said. “But it was important that he hear it directly.” For its part, Russian diplomacy indicated that the two ministers had “exchanged their opinions on the problem of bilateral relations which strongly need to be normalized”. “With regard to a possible exchange of Russian and American prisoners, the Russian side insisted that we return to the regime of professional dialogue, free from media speculation, within the framework of ‘discreet diplomacy’,” he said. she said in a statement.

Antony Blinken said he warned Sergei Lavrov that the world would “never” recognize the annexation of Ukrainian territories by Russia. “It was very important for the Russians to hear directly from us that this will not be accepted – and not only will it not be accepted, but it will impose significant additional costs on Russia,” he said. The US official also said that Russia was preparing “rigged referendums” to try to “falsely demonstrate” that people living in these Ukrainian territories “are seeking to be part of Russia”.

Antony Blinken also urged his Russian counterpart to ensure that Moscow honors its commitment under the agreement, negotiated with the help of Turkey, on Ukrainian cereals blocked in Ukrainian ports. Sergei Lavrov, for his part, denounced the continued delivery of “American and NATO arms to the Ukrainian armed forces and nationalist battalions, which are widely used against the civilian population, by prolonging the agony of the kyiv regime, by prolonging the conflict and multiplying the victims”, according to Russian diplomacy.

 

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