1/18, 3:36 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Blinken, Lavrov discuss Ukraine, NATO talks

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a conversation earlier in the day about the matters such as the situation in Ukraine and Moscow's recent meeting with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the former's spokesperson Ned Price stated on Tuesday.

"The secretary stressed the importance of continuing a diplomatic path to de-escalate tensions surrounding the deeply troubling Russian military build-up in and near Ukraine. The secretary reiterated the unshakable US commitment to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and underscored that any discussion of European security must include NATO Allies and European partners, including Ukraine," Price said in a statement.

Earlier this week, Lavrov commended White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki's remark that Russia is preparing an excuse to invade Ukraine as "complete disinformation."

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