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U.S.-Russia Tension on Ukraine Erupts as Top Diplomats Spar

  • Blinken, Lavrov said to have testy exchange at Swedish dinner
  • Russian troop buildup on Ukraine border raising invasion fears
Antony Blinken, left, and Sergei Lavrov depart after a meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, on Dec. 2.

Antony Blinken, left, and Sergei Lavrov depart after a meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, on Dec. 2.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had a testy exchange over Ukraine at a dinner with dozens of their colleagues this week, according to people familiar with the discussions.

The verbal tension erupted as the U.S. and its European allies seek ways -- including possible sanctions -- to counter the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin’s troop buildup on the neighboring country’s border.