Blinken calls off meeting with Russian counterpart

Antony Blinken.
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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will no longer meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov later this week, saying on Tuesday it "does not make any sense" now that Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent troops to separatist regions in Ukraine.

Putin on Monday announced he recognized the breakaway regions, the Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic, as independent states, and was sending forces there to serve as "peacekeepers," a claim dismissed by the United States and its allies.

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