According to the State Department, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has agreed to meet with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov next week if there is no further invasion of Ukraine. Blinken had recommended meeting Lavrov in Europe next week because the US thinks diplomacy and conversation are the only appropriate ways to address the problem, according to state department spokesman Ned Price.
Russia And US Diplomats To Meet Next Week
Price tweeted that officials have offered dates for late next week, which he accepts assuming there is no additional invasion of Ukraine. If they invade in the next few days, it will be evident that they never took diplomacy seriously.
Blinken told the United Nations Security Council earlier on Thursday that the US doesn’t know how the Russian invasion would unfold, but he did lay out a hypothetical invasion strategy that the world may expect to witness in the coming days. He suggested that Moscow intends to create a pretext, which might be a violent occurrence for which the Kremlin would blame Ukraine or a baseless charge leveled against the Ukrainian government.
They have no idea what form it will take. According to the senior US ambassador, it might be a faked “terrorist” explosion within the country, the falsified discovery of a burial site, a faked drone strike against people, or a false – or perhaps actual – chemical-weapons assault.
Blinken went on to say that the Russian government may theatrically convene emergency meetings to deal with the fabricated instigation. They could also make proclamations saying that Moscow must respond to safeguard Russian people or ethnic Russians in Ukraine.
According to Blinken, the next stage of the invasion plan would involve deploying missiles and bombs throughout Ukraine and using hackers to shut down vital Ukrainian institutions.