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Blinken says it difficult to make progress with Russia when it 'puts gun to head' of Ukraine
WASHINGTON. Jan 5 (Interfax) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that in order to achieve progress in resolving issues with Russia, de-escalation of the situation with Ukraine is necessary.
Blinken said at a press conference that the real question is whether Russia is serious about diplomatic efforts and de-escalation. It is important that these negotiations begin, he said.
It is very difficult to achieve any real progress in any of these areas under conditions when there is an escalation and threats with a gun to the head of Ukraine, he said.