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US, Russian foreign ministers to meet as Ukraine tensions soar

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Stockholm (AFP) – The chief diplomats of the US and Russia are to meet in Sweden on Thursday as tensions soar after Washington expressed concern about Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine and warned of “high-impact” sanctions. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov are to hold talks near Stockholm on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The OSCE is one of the few international dialogue forums to which both the US and Russia belong.  Since Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014, the body …

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