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Blinken warns Lavrov in Stockholm

Blinken cautions Russia against invading Ukraine. Blinken warns Lavrov of “severe costs”.

Where: Stockholm, Sweden

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US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, warned Moscow of the “severe costs” Russia would pay if it invaded Ukraine.

The warning was delivered to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a meeting in Stockholm.

In a news conference after the meeting, Blinken stated, “I made very clear our deep concerns and our resolve to hold Russia responsible for its actions, including our commitment to work with European allies to impose severe costs and consequences on Russia if it takes further aggressive action against Ukraine.”

Speaking to reporters before his talks with Blinken, Lavrov stated,
“We, as President Putin has stated, do not want any conflicts.”

Ukraine claims Russia has amassed over 90,000 troops near their shared border, while Moscow accuses Kyiv of pursuing its own military build-up.

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