Blinken returns to Brussels for Ukraine talks

Photo: AP Antony Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will return to Brussels this week for discussions on Russian military build-up at the Ukraine border as well as on Iran and Afghanistan, news wires reported. He will join Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. The date of the additional trip was not released.

The visit by two of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet members coincides with increasing tensions over Russian activities near Ukraine’s eastern border, where Washington says Russia has amassed more troops than at any time since 2014, when it annexed Crimea. Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine on Friday of “dangerous provocative actions” in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region.

Blinken first visited Brussels in March for talks with European Union and NATO allies and pledged to rebuild and revitalize trans-Atlantic alliances. His new trip to NATO headquarters would also come as efforts continue in Afghanistan to support the country's fragile government while a deadline for an agreement in which the US withdraws combat troops from the country is set to occur on 1 May. President Biden has yet to announce whether the US will meet that deadline.

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