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Meeting Lapid, Blinken says US ‘very much appreciates’ mediation effort to end war

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) meets with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Riga, Latvia, on March 7, 2022. (Olivier Douliery/Pool/AFP)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) meets with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Riga, Latvia, on March 7, 2022. (Olivier Douliery/Pool/AFP)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Latvia. Blinken says the Americans “very much appreciate all of your engagements in the effort to stop this Russian aggression in Ukraine,” in the wake of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s visit to Moscow and meeting with Vladimir Putin.

“We very much appreciate the efforts that any of our close partners and present allies can make to see if there’s any opening to end the war,” Blinken adds.

“I look forward to hearing your ideas, hearing about some of the engagements that Israel has had.”

Lapid, in his statement, says Israel “is totally committed to doing everything possible to stop the war in Ukraine. We have condemned the Russian invasion and we still do, and Israel is a partner in the global effort to make sure and clarify that this war must be stopped.

“The way to stop a war is to negotiate. Israel is speaking with both sides, both with Russia and Ukraine and we are working in full coordination with our greatest ally the United States and our European partners.”

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