The United States is “ready either way” in handling the escalating Ukraine crisis, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Moscow as the Biden administration’s top envoy delivered a letter to the Russian government in this regard.
As per PTI report, “All told, it sets out a serious diplomatic path forward, should Russia choose it,” Blinken told reporters at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department soon after US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan delivered the documents to the Russian government in Moscow.
“The document we have delivered includes concerns of the United States and our allies and partners about Russia’s actions that undermine security, a principled and pragmatic evaluation of the concerns that Russia has raised, and our own proposals for areas where we may be able to find common ground,” he said.
“We make clear that there are core principles that we are committed to uphold and defend — including Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and the right of States to choose their own security arrangements and alliances. We have addressed the possibility of reciprocal transparency measures regarding force posture in Ukraine, as well as measures to increase confidence regarding military exercises and manoeuvres in Europe,” Blinken added.
The United States, he said, is open to dialogue.
“We prefer diplomacy and we are prepared to move forward where there is the possibility of communication and cooperation if Russia de-escalates its aggression toward Ukraine, stops the inflammatory rhetoric and approaches discussions about the future of security in Europe in a spirit of reciprocity,” Blinken said.
America’s responses are fully coordinated with Ukraine and its European allies and partners, with whom it has been consulting continuously for weeks, he added.