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“It’s very hard to see that happening when there’s an ongoing escalation, when Russia has a gun to the head of Ukraine with 100,000 troops near its borders, the possibility of doubling that on very short order.”

U.S. Sec. of State Antony Blinken on whether swift progress could be made in the midst of current tensions with Russia. Representatives from the U.S. & Russia met Monday, the first of a series of meetings this week.

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jan 10, 2022

  • Tensions have risen as Russia has placed tens of thousands of troops along the border with Ukraine, raising questions about a possible invasion.
  • Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014 during the Obama administration, seizing Crimea (a peninsula in Ukraine). Fighting between Ukrainian and Russian-backed forces has continued for 8 years.
  • Ukraine is not part of NATO (a significant defense alliance) or the European Union. However, the U.S. and Europe view Russia's actions as a threat to international order and stability. Russia has similar complaints against NATO's military exercises, troops, and weapons close to its borders.
  • U.S. Deputy Sec. of State Wendy Sherman met with a Russian counterpart in Geneva on Monday; Russian representatives will meet with NATO officials Wednesday, and European officials Thursday.

Why It Matters: The stakes remain high as the U.S. threatens "massive consequences" if Russia invades.

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