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The White House on Friday provided an update on the talks earlier in the day between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov aimed at preventing a feared Russian invasion.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki underscored that the White House “didn’t expect any breakthroughs” in the meeting, but added, “we are on a clearer path in terms of understanding each other’s concerns.”
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Psaki said President Joe Biden will head to Camp David this weekend to huddle with his national security advisers about the situation and will provide a written response to Moscow’s proposals next week.
“We will put in writing…the serious concerns that we and other allies and partners have about Russia’s actions, as well as ideas for how we might actually strengthen each other’s sense of security going forward,” she said.
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“There are several steps we can take that are being discussed, all of us, Russia included, to increase transparency, to reduce risk, to advance arms control, to build trust,” Psaki added.
Asked if one of the next steps moving forward would be a summit between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Psaki said Biden has “always been open” to that possibility and “that’s on the table.”
But she said she couldn’t provide a prediction about whether or not a summit would happen.
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“If if that is a step that is recommended and that we think would be effective at this point in the discussion, of course, the president’s always open to leader to leader engagement.”
With an estimated 100,000 Russian troops massed near Ukraine, many fear Moscow is preparing an invasion although Russia denies that. The U.S. and its allies are scrambling to present a united front to prevent that or coordinate a tough response if they can’t.
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