U.S. tells Russia it wants 'verifiable, credible, meaningful de-escalation'

U.S. tells Russia it wants
# 15 February 2022 23:39 (UTC +04:00)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday that the United States has ongoing concerns about Russia's ability to launch an invasion of Ukraine and needs to see "verifiable, credible, meaningful de-escalation, APA reports quoting Reuters"

The two spoke by phone after Russia said some of its troops were returning to base after exercises near Ukraine and President Vladimir Putin said he was willing to continue dialogue.

"Secretary Blinken reiterated our ongoing concerns that Russia has the capacity to launch an invasion of Ukraine at any moment and emphasized the need to see verifiable, credible, meaningful de-escalation," Price said.

Lavrov stressed the need to continue working together and called for pragmatic dialogue on security, but told Blinken that "aggressive rhetoric" inflated by Washington was unacceptable, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.