The US and Russian foreign ministers discussed the situation in Ukraine and other issues by phone

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Washington, February 1 (Xinhua) — Deng XianlaiU.S. Secretary of State Blinken held a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday, discussing the situation in Ukraine.Blinken said the United States is willing to continue substantive exchanges of views on security concerns between the United States and Russia through bilateral and multilateral dialogues involving U.S. Allies and partners, according to a statement issued by State Department spokesperson Pricey.Blinken reiterated U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and urged Russia to “immediately de-escalate” tensions on its border with Ukraine, withdraw troops and equipment from the border, and seek a diplomatic solution to the current crisis.The statement said the call was intended to follow up on a January 26 written U.S. response to Russia’s security assurances proposal.Blinken said the US has offered a path to a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine issue in a written document, expressing concerns about “Russian actions that undermine the security of the US and its Allies and partners”.The deterioration of Russia-Ukraine relations has accelerated recently, with both sides deploying a large number of military personnel and equipment along their border.The United States, Ukraine and NATO claim that Russia has massed heavy forces on the border with Ukraine and may be preparing for an “invasion” of Ukraine.Russia denies the claim.In December 2021, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the dialogue on security guarantees with the United States and other Western countries, demanding that the United States and NATO provide legal guarantees to exclude the possibility of further eastward expansion of NATO.From January 10 to 13 this year, Russia held dialogues with the US and NATO respectively on the above-mentioned security guarantee proposals, but no substantive results were achieved.Edit: Hao Chen Tang