Blinken and Lavrov meet amid tensions over Russia's intentions in Ukraine

Stockholm, スウェーデン US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met Thursday in Stockholm, スウェーデン, amid growing concern among Western powers that Russia is seeking to destabilize Ukraine.

Speaking during the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) summit in Stockholm, Lavrov warned that NATO’s expansion into the East would affectfundamental interestsof Russian security.
He stressed that although Russia doesnot want any conflictswith NATO over Ukraine, it maintains theright to choose ways to ensure its legitimate security interests.
    And let’s not forget, もちろん, the proclaimed principle of indivisibility and security, including in the OSCE, in the NATO Council of Russia, which says that no one has the right to strengthen their security at the expense of the security of others. And the further advance of NATO to the East will definitely affect the fundamental interests of our security.
      NATO chief: Russia will pay high price if they invade Ukraine


        NATO chief: Russia will pay high price if they invade Ukraine


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      アメリカ合衆国, その間, warned again that there would beserious consequencesif Russia engages topursue confrontationwith Ukraine.
        Blinken told summit attendees that the US holdsdeep concerns about Russia’s plans for renewed aggression against Ukraine.
        This aggression wouldmove us in exactly the opposite direction” まばたきは言った, stressingit’s simply not in anyone’s interest.
          彼はそれを付け加えた “the best way to avert the crisis is through diplomacy,” calling on Russia to abide by the Minsk peace agreements hammered out in 2015 between Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany.
          The interpretation of this and other core OSCE documents emerged as a sticking point between the two countries, with Lavrov saying itis clearthat the US and Russia interpret them indifferent ways.
          Blinken criticized Russia’s adherence to the Helsinki Final Act, a multilateral agreement dating back to 1975, saying that the countrycontinues to violate the Helsinki principles and repeatedly obstructs the work of this organization.
          Despite the accusations the two officials recognized the importance of dialogue, with Lavrov acknowledgingthe importance of our two states for global stability and for security, including in the Euro-Atlantic area.
          Blinken also held a bilateral meeting Thursday with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dymtro Kuleba, at which the top US diplomat reiterated Washington’sunwavering commitment to Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and its independence.
          The OSCE summit comes on the heels of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Latvia that was dominated by concerns over recent events in Belarus and Russia’s intentions in Ukraine.
          The US and NATO say Russia is increasing the number of combat troops near its border with Ukraine.
          The Kremlin has repeatedly denied that Russia plans to invade Ukraine and sees NATO support for the country as a threat on Russia’s western border.
            Russian President Vladimir Putin called Wednesday for specific agreements that would rule out any further NATO expansion eastwards and deployment of its weaponry close to Russia’s borders.
            火曜日に, Putin said NATO military expansion close to Russian borders and deploying missile systems in Ukraine would be crossing a “レッドライン” for Russia. In response to the actions of the West that Russia perceives as a threat, the country is developing its own hypersonic missile weapons.