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Blinken, Lavrov hold new phone call on Ukraine crisis

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before their meeting, January 21, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before their meeting, January 21, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds a new phone call on the Ukraine crisis with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the State Department says.

After their last call on Saturday, “they agreed to stay in touch,” a senior State Department official said, without providing details of their latest conversation.

Western leaders said they were seeing positive signs that Russia was looking to ease tensions over Ukraine, after Moscow announced it was pulling back some of the troops deployed on its neighbor’s borders.

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