Blinken does not expect any ‘breakthroughs’ from Geneva talks with Lavrov

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is not expecting any breakthroughs from his talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva while hoping to hear what Moscow decided following previous consultations with the US and NATO, according to his interview with Germany’s ZDF TV channel on Thursday made public by the press service of the US Department of State, Tass informs.

Blinken does not expect any ‘breakthroughs’ from Geneva talks with Lavrov

Blinken does not expect any ‘breakthroughs’ from Geneva talks with Lavrov
STEPANAKERT, JANUARY 21, ARTSAKHPRESS: "I don’t anticipate any breakthroughs," he said responding to a question on the best possible outcome of the upcoming talks.
Blinken reiterated that on January 10, the US and Russia held consultations on security issues in Geneva, a session of the NATO-Russia Council was held on January 12 in Brussels and a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council where these issues were also discussed took place on January 13 in Vienna. "And we’ve now had a chance to reflect on what we’ve each heard. I think the Russian team has had a chance to consult with President Putin. All of us have had a chance to consult among ourselves, all of the allies and partners," he emphasized.
"And this is an important moment, I think, to take stock of where we are with Foreign Minister Lavrov, to see what conclusions Russia draws from these diplomatic conversations," he added. The US top diplomat noted that the US delegation intends to convey the joint position of the US and its European allies and partners to the Russian side.

According to him, at the Geneva meeting the US plans to explore whether it "can really continue to pursue the diplomatic path to resolving this crisis." "That’s the question. And I think we’ll know more tomorrow - at least I hope we’ll know more tomorrow - about whether Russia is genuinely committed to trying to resolve these differences diplomatically through dialogue or not. Either way, we’re prepared and we’re united," the US Secretary of State added.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that on January 21, the Russian top diplomat would meet with Blinken in Geneva. According to her, the two officials would discuss any further steps related to proposals on security guarantees submitted by Moscow.

Following the consultations on security guarantees, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that the purported threat of Russia invading Ukraine couldn’t be a subject of the talks on security guarantees with the US. He said Moscow had no plans to "attack" Ukraine and there was no reason to be concerned about an escalation. According to the senior diplomat, disinformation by Western intelligence agencies that Russia was allegedly preparing to attack Ukraine was designed to sow discord in Ukraine. He added that Russia would continue to hold military exercises on its territory, despite objections from NATO.