United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Thursday, expressed concern about the situation on the border between Russia and Ukraine.
Speaking at the meeting of the Arctic Council in Reykjavik, Iceland, the secretary made a statement addressing the military presence in the vicinity of Ukraine, according to the ministry’s spokesman, Ned Price.
In recent weeks, the international community has issued several warnings about the situation in the region where Russian forces have been deployed. For its part, the Kremlin has insisted that these movements should not affect third countries as “they do not threaten them in any way”.
Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov has indicated that the meeting is a “positive sign”. “Without a doubt. The conversation itself, which Lavrov described as constructive, deserves a positive evaluation, although it is clear that the process will not be easy,” he said.
However, the spokesman for the Russian Presidency noted that “there are a large number of problems” in relations between Russia and the United States, but acknowledged that the Lavrov-Blinken talks “will be helpful in the analysis carried out in Moscow over the meeting of presidents, “said the Sputnik agency.
Peskov also made it clear that President Vladimir Putin already knows the content of the talks between the parties. “The foreign minister will immediately inform the president of all his contacts,” he said.
On the other hand, it rated Washington’s decision to lift the sanctions imposed on Nord Stream 2 AG, its CEO Matthias Warnig and other executives as positive.
The Nord Stream 2 project aims to put a gas pipeline into operation, which annually transports up to 55,000 million cubic meters of natural gas from Russia to Germany and carries it through the territorial waters or exclusive economic zones of Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia and Sweden. The United States, however, opposes its construction.