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Blinken consulted allies on Russian troop buildup near Ukraine : State Dept.

Washington: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed with his German and French counterparts Russian military’s activities along the border with Ukraine, the US State Department said in an official statement on Friday.
Spokesperson Ned Price said in a readout of the conversation today.

“Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Maas (German foreign secretary) the importance of supporting Ukraine against unilateral Russian provocations along the Line of Contact in eastern Ukraine, in occupied Crimea, and along Ukraine’s borders as well as the need for Russia to immediately cease its military buildup and inflammatory rhetoric,”.

The statement added “Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Le Drian (French foreign secretary)confirmed their unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Price said Blinken and Maas also exchanged their views on the situation in Afghanistan and relations with China.

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