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Ukraine crisis: Blinken and Lavrov agree to meeting as tensions reach ‘moment of peril’

Senior figures to meet next week amid US warnings that Vladimir Putin could give order to invade within days

Antony Blinken is to meet the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, next week, as the US secretary of state warned the crisis in Ukraine was a “moment of peril for the lives and safety of millions of people”.

The US state department said on Thursday night that Blinken had accepted an invitation to meet Lavrov provided there was no invasion of Ukraine. The move provides hope that diplomatic channels remained open even as US warnings of an imminent invasion grow louder.

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