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Lavrov calls for end to ‘anti-Russia hysteria’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called on the West to end the "anti-Russia hysteria" in the Ukraine conflict after his meeting with his US counterpart Antony Blinken.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called on the West to end the “anti-Russia hysteria” in the Ukraine conflict after his meeting with his US counterpart Antony Blinken.

Russia is not threatening anyone and is not invading any country, Lavrov said at a press conference in Geneva on Friday. He dismissed fears in the West that an invasion of Ukraine could be imminent.

Russia expects a written response from the US next week to its proposals on security guarantees, Lavrov said. After that, there should be further talks at the level of foreign ministers, he said.
Russia sees its security threatened by NATO and is demanding an end to the eastward expansion of the alliance.

Lavrov criticized what he said was a “Russophobic minority” setting the tone. The minister stressed that the security of one country in Europe could not be guaranteed to the detriment of another.

This principle is preserved in the documents on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), he said. He had asked Blinken to comment on how the US intended to respect this principle.

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