U.S. officials have received a written response from Russia’s government to the American proposal on de-escalating Ukraine border tensions, the State Department said on Monday.
Why it matters: The letter comes ahead of a Tuesday phone call between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, as an estimated 100,000 troops from Moscow amassed at Ukraine’s border raise concerns of an imminent Russian invasion.
What they’re saying: “We can confirm we received a written follow-up from Russia,” a State Department spokesperson said in an emailed statement.
- “It would be unproductive to negotiate in public, so we’ll leave it up to Russia if they want to discuss their response,” the statement continued.
- “We remain fully committed to dialogue to address these issues and will continue to consult closely with our Allies and partners, including Ukraine.”
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