For the first time since the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken wants to speak with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. A phone call “in the coming days” should be about the release American basketball player Brittney Griner was jailed in Moscow and his partner Paul Whelan, Blinken said at a news conference in Washington on Wednesday.
The US government put a substantial proposal on the table for Moscow “weeks ago”. Griner and Whelan Publication Reach said Blinken. He did not disclose details of the offer. Presumably two Exchanged for Viktor, a Russian arms dealer jailed in the US can be
Russia: So far no attempt from the US side
National Security Council communications director John Kirby said Wednesday Russia agrees to the treaty. The decision to accept such an offer was not an easy one. The U.S. government made the plan public “so the world knows how serious America is.” To bring our citizens home».
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced in the evening that No official request For such a conversation. instead Diplomacy through the megaphone» Washington should stick to the diplomatic process, Moscow said.
Implementation of grain agreement
Blinken also announced about Lavrov Compliance with the new agreement want Protected grain exports from Ukraine want to talk “The agreement is a positive step, but there is a difference between an agreement on paper and an agreement in practice,” Blinken said.
Western circles see progress in Ukraine’s struggle
They are going to war against Ukraine Number of casualties on the Russian side US estimates range from tens of thousands to longer. “We have been informed More than 75,000 Russians Either killed or injured, it’s huge,” CNN quoted Rep. Eliza Slatkin, a Democrat who previously attended the US government’s secret briefing.
Ukraine is making progress in its counteroffensive, Western security sources said on Wednesday (Also read about war potential scenarios: “Both sides believe that if they keep going, they will achieve more.”)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his evening video address on Wednesday that a bridge over the Dnipro River in the southern Kherson region had been bombed by Ukrainian forces. All were rebuilt after the recapture desire. “We will liberate our entire country through military, diplomatic and all available tools.” (Also read ours Data Analysis of Ukraine War: Russian Troops Drop 50,000 Grenades a Day)
Ukraine wants to support EU in electricity crisis
Given the energy crisis in Europe, Zelensky offered EU support through electricity from his country. “We are preparing Increase in our electricity exports For consumers in the European Union,” he said.
“Not only do our exports earn foreign exchange, but so do our partners Russian energy pressure must be resisted,” he said, adding that Russia’s gas supply was significantly reduced. “Step by step, we are turning Ukraine into a guarantor of European energy security, precisely through our domestic electricity production.”
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