GENEVA – Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, and Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, hailed their 90-minute discussion in Geneva as "helpful" but with "no breakthroughs."
On Friday, Lavrov described their conversation as "honest," while Blinken described it as "frank and substantive." At a press conference on Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry stated, "This was not a negotiation, but a honest sharing of concerns and ideas."
The major goal of Friday's talks was to evaluate the draughts of two fundamental documents that Russia provided in December 2021 on legally obligatory security guarantees, according to the reports.
"In the end, we agreed that written responses to all of our recommendations would be submitted to us next week," Lavrov said, adding that Russia will decide its future moves once the responses were received. "What we want are tangible responses to our concrete suggestions, in accordance with the OSCE's (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) commitments," he said.
He went on to say that, in Moscow's opinion, NATO is attempting to incorporate Ukraine into its sphere of influence, and that Russia is neither threatening the Ukrainian people or attempting to dominate its neighbour.