Blinken, Lavrov discuss Ukraine issue

TEHRAN, Jul. 30 (MNA) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a telephone conversation on Friday, as Blinken himself told reporters.

"Earlier today, I spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. We had a frank and direct conversation," the US top diplomat pointed out, adding that they have talked about prisoner exchange.

The parties also discussed an agreement on the creation of a humanitarian corridor for Ukrainian grain exports across the Black Sea. "I also emphasized that the world expects Russia to fulfill its commitments under the deal it reached with Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations on grain shipments from Ukraine," Blinken noted. "It is important and vital that Russia make good on the commitments it’s made to the world," the US secretary of state said.

According to Blinken, he highlighted Washington’s determination to impose additional sanctions on Moscow in case some Ukrainian regions join Russia. "The world will not recognize annexations. We will impose additional significant costs on Russia if it moves forward with its plans," he said.

Earlier, the Russian embassy in Washington strongly rejected the US view of the situation. The embassy pointed out in a statement that Russia was bringing peace to the liberated areas of Ukraine, creating normal living conditions and ensuring equal rights for all.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in response to a request for help by the heads of the Donbas republics. The Russian leader stressed that Moscow had no plans to occupy Ukrainian territories and the goal was to demilitarize. After that, Western countries imposed harsh sanctions against Russia.


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