Blinken and Lavrov dispute over Ukraine at OSCE summit - Bloomberg
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had a dispute over Ukraine on the sidelines of the OSCE summit in Stockholm.
According to sources, the incident occurred during a dinner on December 1 in the presence of dozens of colleagues.
"The controversy erupted when the United States and its European allies discussed ways, including possible sanctions - to counter the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin's troop buildup on the neighbouring country's border", - the statement said.
Lavrov said that the OSCE should agree with Moscow's opinion that the events of 2014 in Ukraine were a "coup d'etat". He also accused the European Union and NATO of "suppressing dissent", referring to sanctions against Russia. In response, Blinken stressed that NATO was a "defence alliance" and added that during the Maidan, forces loyal to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych shot at civilians, killing over 100 people.
What is known
- The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov stated that if Russian troops invade the territory of Ukraine, it will have serious consequences for the whole of Europe and may lead to a global crisis.
- On December 3, Reznikov stated that Russian military aggression may be escalated in early 2022.
- On December 4, The Washington Post reported, citing a US intelligence document, that Russia plans to launch an offensive against Ukraine on several fronts in early 2022. Over 175 thousand Russian troops would take part in the offensive operation. Bild sources note that Russian President Vladimir Putin could prepare an offensive in three stages.
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