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U.S., Russia Hold Their Ground as Ukraine Standoff Drags On

  • Geneva talks between Blinken, Lavrov end after 90 minutes
  • U.S. to send written responses to address Russian concerns
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There was no breakthrough in the standoff over Ukraine after the top U.S. and Russian diplomats emerged separately from their meeting in Geneva only to retread old ground and agree to keep talking.

It was a bruising week for the U.S. after President Joe Biden slipped up in a news conference and laid bare divisions among his allies over what they would do in case of a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine. That left Secretary of State Antony Blinken in the uncomfortable position of clarifying the U.S. position as he went into his one-to-one with counterpart Sergei Lavrov.