Blinking and Lavrov prematurely end the conversation

Antony Blinken (left), US Secretary of State, and Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister before talks on rising tensions in Ukraine on Friday
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The US and Russia discussed the Ukraine conflict in Geneva. The meeting was over faster than planned.

RUss Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his American counterpart Antony Blinken ended their crisis talks on the Ukraine conflict earlier than planned on Friday in Geneva. The meeting lasted about an hour and a half, shorter than the scheduled two hours, according to Russian news agencies.

The two chief diplomats greeted each other with a handshake around 11 a.m. in a hotel on Lake Geneva. At the start, both made it clear that they did not expect a breakthrough in the talks. Blinken and Lavrov had announced separate press conferences on the talks.

Efforts to ease the tension have been in full swing since last week, but have so far produced no tangible results. The United States and its western allies are demanding that 100,000 Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian border withdraw inland. Russia, on the other hand, wants written security guarantees and an end to the eastward expansion of the western military alliance NATO.

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