According to the agency, the topic of discussion will be “concern about the activity of the Russian Federation.”
The agency does not specify the dates of the planned visit but emphasizes that the meetings of the Secretary of State are expected to take place throughout almost the entire week. At the same time, US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin will be in Brussels at the same time, who, as previously reported, will hold talks with the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg. From 22 to 25 March, Blinken was also on a visit to Brussels, where he also took part in a meeting of NATO foreign ministers.
Earlier on Friday, the deputy head of the press service of the US State Department, Jalen Porter, said at a regular briefing for journalists that the United States, along with Ukraine and partners in the region, will continue to monitor what is happening on the Russian-Ukrainian border closely. She also commented on reports that two US Navy ships will pass through the Bosphorus Strait into the Black Sea next week and will remain there until May 4. According to Porter, Washington “has made it clear that engagement with Moscow should avoid any escalating actions and continue to hold it accountable.”
Western countries in recent days have repeatedly expressed concern about the statements of the Ukrainian military about the build-up of Russian forces along the border with Ukraine. As the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov said earlier, the movement of Russian troops on the territory of Russia should not bother other states since it does not threaten them in any way. He also stressed that what is happening in the Donbas is an internal Ukrainian conflict in which Russian troops have never participated.