Ukraine crisis: Blinken cancels meeting with Russia’s Lavrov | Ukraine-Russia crisis News

US secretary of state says his nation remains to be dedicated to diplomacy ‘if Moscow’s method adjustments’.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has cancelled a gathering with Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov that was deliberate for Thursday after Moscow’s recognition of two separatist areas in Ukraine as impartial entities.

Blinken mentioned on Tuesday that he had agreed to satisfy Lavrov provided that Russia didn’t invade Ukraine.

“Now that we see the invasion is starting and Russia has made clear its wholesale rejection of diplomacy, it doesn’t make sense to go ahead with that assembly presently,” Blinken instructed reporters after a gathering with Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Washington, DC.

Blinken mentioned he was nonetheless dedicated to diplomacy “if Moscow’s method adjustments” and would do something he might “to avert an excellent worse-case situation, an all-out assault on all of Ukraine, together with its capital”.

“However we is not going to enable Russia to assert the pretense of diplomacy on the similar time it accelerates its march down the trail of battle and struggle,” he added.

New sanction have been imposed on Russia on Tuesday and Wednesday after Vladimir Putin recognised the breakaway areas of Donetsk and Luhansk on Monday and ordered Russian troops into jap Ukraine to “maintain the peace”.

Washington has dismissed that justification to deploy troops as “nonsense”.

A Reuters information company reporter noticed a handful of tanks on the outskirts of Donetsk in a single day and a number of other blasts have been heard within the metropolis on Tuesday.

Washington had consulted with allies on the choice to cancel the talks, scheduled to happen in Europe, earlier than informing Lavrov in a letter on Tuesday, Blinken mentioned.

Blinken mentioned Putin’s speech saying the strikes was “deeply disturbing” and confirmed the world that Putin views Ukraine as “subordinate to Russia.”

The USA and its allies will proceed to escalate sanctions if Russia additional escalates its aggression in the direction of Ukraine, he mentioned.