Putin was unwilling to participate in talks with Ukraine, says Blinken: NPR

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Berlin, Germany, on June 24, 2022.

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Putin was unwilling to participate in talks with Ukraine, says Blinken: NPR

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Berlin, Germany, on June 24, 2022.

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Russia is not ready to enter into talks about Ukraine, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview with NPR.

“We have not seen any interest on the part of Vladimir Putin to participate in any meaningful diplomatic initiative,” Blinken said.

The talk was part of a panel held by the Atlantic Council in Madrid, which included both Blinken and Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares.

Blinken added that it is important for Ukrainians to define the terms of any negotiations, and that the role of the US now is to ensure that it has the means to fend off Russian aggression.

When asked about Russia’s recent attacks and whether Blinken thinks they are intended as signals to NATO, he replied: “There was a fiction that Vladimir Putin was trying to claim that this was somehow about a threat who formed NATO for Russia or that Ukraine formed for Russia. That was never the case, and it remains clear that it never will be. This is Vladimir Putin’s belief that Ukraine does not deserve a sovereign, independent country to be.”

About the recent incidents of migrant deaths in San Antonio, Texasand Melilla, Spain – and whether this is a security issue for NATO to address:

“For the first time, the countries in our hemisphere have said, through the so-called Los Angeles Declaration, that we have shared responsibilities when it comes to trying to deal with migration, because none of us can deal with it effectively alone. ” said Blinken. “And we’re following some things that we’ve agreed to work on this together.”

On how NATO deals with China:

“The relationship we all have with China is one of the most complex and profound of any relationship we have with any other country,” Blinken said. “And there are aspects of the relationship that are clearly competitive, and we need to make sure that competition is fair and participate very, very strongly. At the same time, there are more and more aspects where we have to challenge what China is doing.”

On where NATO is going after this summit:

“We tend to look at our safety in different silos. We’ve had a transatlantic silo. We had an Asian silo… We need to tear them down. Because pretty much all of these issues affect us all, and there are several competencies and different perspectives and different resources that countries can bring in, if they work together … NATO comes out of this summit more united, more focused and with more resources to face a multitude of challenges,” the secretary said.

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