US, Russia begin talks in Geneva eying easing in Ukraine tensions

Baku, January 21, AZERTAC

The US secretary of state and Russian foreign minister met face to face Friday for talks in an effort to ease tensions and prevent conflict over Ukraine amid a flurry of meetings this year, according to Anadolu Agency.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met at the historic President Wilson Hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva, where many tense negotiations involving world peace have taken place in past decades.

“We are all of us equally committed to the path of diplomacy and dialogue to try to resolve our differences,” said Blinken at the start of the meeting.

Lavrov said: “During one of your last international trips you said that you do not expect a breakthrough from this meeting.

"We do not expect any breakthrough either from this meeting: we expect responses to our proposals.”

Both have scheduled press conferences a couple of hours after the meeting.

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