Swiss meeting to avert Russia crisis
Manchester Evening News|January 22, 2022
THE United States and Russia have sought to lower the temperature in a heated stand-off over Ukraine, even as they said no breakthrough was imminent in the crisis that has raised fears of a possible Russian invasion.

Armed with seemingly intractable and diametrically opposed demands, US secretary of state Antony Blinken and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov met in Geneva, Switzerland, at what the American said was a “critical moment".

With an estimated 100,000 Russian troops massed near Ukraine, many fear Moscow is preparing an invasion, although Russia denies that.

The US and its allies are scrambling to present a united front to prevent that or co-ordinate a tough response if they cannot.

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