1/18, 7:41 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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State Dept confirms Lavrov-Blinken talks in Geneva

A senior US State Department official said on Tuesday that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Friday, January 21, following his visits to Kiev and Berlin.

The UN secretary general's office said it welcomes the meeting and hopes for a reduction in tensions. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also stated at a briefing today that "Secretary Blinken is 150% committed to finding out if there's a diplomatic outlet here. And that's really the impetus for this meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov on Friday."

Earlier in the day, Lavrov and Blinken had a phone conversation regarding the situation in Ukraine and Moscow's recent meetings with NATO, according to Ned Price, spokesman for the US State Department.

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