Blinken and Lavrov Discuss Griner in Their First Call of the War

Ukraine said it was ready for Black Sea grain shipments to resume, while the top Russian and American diplomats talked about a prisoner swap involving the basketball star Brittney Griner.

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Lavrov To Propose a Time to Discuss Possible Prisoner Swap for Brittney Griner

Sergey Lavrov said he would listen to what U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken had to say about a proposal for the release of Brittney Griner and another American.

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Russia Signals That It May Want a Bigger Chunk of Ukraine

A top Russian official said Moscow may extend its territorial claims to include not just the east of Ukraine but also parts of the south.

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Russia’s Lavrov Is Pariah at Group of 20 Event, but Only for Some

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and other Western foreign ministers refused to meet with the Russian diplomat, but for many others it was business as usual.

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Keep Czars Far Away, in Moscow or Mar-a-Lago

Things worth fighting for on the Fourth of July.

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Israel Condemns Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s Comments as Antisemitic

Israel’s response is among the fiercest criticism it has leveled at the Russian government since the invasion of Ukraine.

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Putin’s War Is Complicating India’s Middle Path Among Powers

India has been reluctant to criticize Russia, long an important ally. But China’s rise, and its closeness to Vladimir Putin, is creating new pressure.

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Putin Assails Russians Who Back the West, Signaling More Repression

Mr. Putin described the war in Ukraine as part of an existential clash with the United States.

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Iran Nuclear Talks Paused Following Russian Demands to Ease Sanctions

A deal to revive the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran is “essentially ready,” a top E.U. official says, but has run into complications because of Russia’s war against Ukraine.

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Subtle Shifts Raise Hopes for a Cease-fire in Ukraine

Both Russia and Ukraine appear to have softened their stance, with the Kremlin signaling a retreat on regime change and Kyiv expressing flexibility on NATO membership. But the two sides remain far apart.

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Iran Nuclear Deal Nears Completion, but Russia Poses Complication

With the world eager to wean itself from Russian oil after the invasion of Ukraine, negotiators appeared close to signing a revived nuclear pact with Iran and lifting sanctions. Then Moscow put up a hurdle.

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Putin Faces Sanctions, but His Assets Remain an Enigma

On paper, the Russian president appears to own very little. Yet estimates put his hidden wealth well over $100 billion.

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Russia Says It Won’t Enter Talks Until Ukraine Stops Fighting

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, made clear that Russia was seeking to topple the democratically elected government of Ukraine.

#lavrov-sergey-v, #moscow-russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Little Time Left to Avert the Worst-Case Scenario in Ukraine

The magnitude of Mr. Putin’s gambit in Ukraine is staggering.

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Biden Says Putin Has Chosen ‘Catastrophic’ War Over Diplomacy

President Biden spoke amid fears that Russia was setting the stage for an invasion that could ignite the biggest conflict in Europe in decades.

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As Russia Welcomes Talks, Biden Warns Invasion Is Still Possible

President Vladimir V. Putin said he was pulling some Russian troops back from areas close to Ukraine, hinting at cooling the crisis, but U.S. officials say it is too soon to gauge his intentions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #lavrov-sergey-v, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #scholz-olaf-1958, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Tone of Ukraine Crisis Shifts as Russia Signals Openness to Talk More

Diplomacy is “far from exhausted,” Russia’s foreign minister said, while President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine said the prospect of his country joining NATO might be just a “dream.”

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U.S. Pulls Most Diplomats From Kyiv as Tensions Mount

Western officials made another diplomatic push on Saturday to dissuade President Vladimir V. Putin from invading Ukraine.

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Emmanuel Macron Recounts Face-Off With Vladimir Putin

The French leader recounted his face-off with Vladimir Putin and dismissed Washington’s exchange of letters with Moscow, gambling that his diplomacy could pay off before April elections.

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With Buildup on Land and Sea, Russia Closes in on Ukraine

Military drills in Belarus, deployments in western Russia and Crimea, and planned naval exercises in the Black Sea gave an ominous undertone to a continuing diplomatic scramble.

#belarus, #black-sea, #crimea-ukraine, #defense-and-military-forces, #lavrov-sergey-v, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sea-of-azov, #ukraine

What Are the Minsk Accords, and Could They Defuse the Ukraine Crisis?

European diplomats are exploring whether a seven-year-old negotiating channel, initially intended to resolve a conflict in eastern Ukraine, can be repurposed to calm a wider crisis.

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Britain Toughens Stance on Russia, as Russia Presses NATO for Assurances

Britain moved to broaden the range of sanctions available if Russia invades Ukraine, as Moscow sent an “urgent demand” to NATO to clarify its stance.

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Britain Toughens Its Stance on Russia, and Russia Seeks Answers From NATO

Britain is seeking to broaden the range of sanctions available if Russia invades Ukraine. Meanwhile, Russia asked NATO for clarity.

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White House Warnings Over Russia Strain Ukraine-U.S. Partnership

While Ukraine’s president complained about “acute and burning” warnings from Washington, the Pentagon issued a dire new appraisal asserting Russia has amassed enough troops to invade his entire country.

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U.S. and Russia Take More Measured Stance in Ukraine Talks

The conciliatory tone and absence of ultimatums suggested that both sides were trying to keep tensions in check and give diplomacy time.

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On Ukraine, Biden Flusters European Allies by Stating the Obvious

The president laid bare divisions over Russian meddling in Ukraine, even if they have long been there for all to see.

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Russia and West at Impasse as Ukraine Urges Reversal of Troop Buildup

In a third round of diplomacy on Eastern European security this week, Kremlin officials sounded an increasingly pessimistic note, though they did not close the door on future talks.

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Sergey V. Lavrov Accused NATO of Stoking Ukraine Conflict

Sergey V. Lavrov accused the United States and its allies of stoking a conflict in the country’s east in comments that contrasted with a more positive tone coming from Moscow.

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Iran Nuclear Talks Head for Collapse Unless Tehran Shifts, Europeans Say

In Vienna talks, the new hard-line Iranian government has staked out positions that are incompatible with the 2015 deal, European negotiators say.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #lavrov-sergey-v, #nuclear-weapons, #uranium

Blinken Trades Warnings With Russia’s Lavrov Over Ukraine, NATO

The secretary of state said that President Biden is ‘likely’ to speak soon with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.

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With Collapse in Afghanistan, Russia Takes Charge in Central Asia

Along with Pakistan and China, Russia has gained broad influence in security matters at the expense of the United States and India.

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With Afghan Collapse, Moscow Takes Charge in Central Asia

Along with Pakistan and China, Russia has gained broad influence in security matters at the expense of the United States and India.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-asia, #lavrov-sergey-v, #taliban

Russia Will Expel Diplomats in Retaliation for U.S. Sanctions

The Russian government announced the expulsion of 10 diplomats and a travel ban for some U.S. officials in a response to sanctions.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #lavrov-sergey-v, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states-international-relations

Biden’s Plan to Link Arms With Europe Against Russia and China Isn’t So Simple

The new president’s vow to restore the trans-Atlantic alliance is welcome, but Europeans want a more balanced relationship, with more dialogue and less diktat.

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Pompeo Says He and Military Warned Russia on Bounties for Killing U.S. Troops

The secretary of state’s acknowledgment came as a new detail surfaced about the intelligence that led to the C.I.A. assessment.

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Pompeo Warned Russia Against Bounties on U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is said to have sternly discussed payouts and red lines in a telephone call with Sergey V. Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister.

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