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The written response has been shared with Congress, and Blinken is due to brief congressional leaders on the document later Wednesday. It will not be made public, however, “because we believe diplomacy has the best chance of succeeding if we provide space for confidential discussions,” Blinken said.

NATO also plans to deliver its own document to Russia that “fully reinforces” the US response and sets out “ideas and concerns regarding collective security in Europe”, Blinken added.

Earlier on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov threatened further aggression if the written response from the United States did not satisfy Russia. “We will not allow our proposals to be drowned in endless discussions,” he said, adding that if “the West continues its aggressive course, Moscow will take the necessary retaliatory measures.”

Blinken’s remarks on Wednesday came after his meeting in Geneva last Friday with Lavrov, during which Blinken pledged to present Russia with a written account of Washington’s concerns about Moscow’s behavior and proposals to resolve the security crisis later this week.

Blinken said he expects to speak with Lavrov again “in the coming days, after Moscow has had a chance to read ‘the written response from the United States’ and is ready to discuss next steps. “.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday that the United States “expects to be able to send a written response this week” to Russia, but U.S. officials “discuss these ideas” with European allies and “take their comments”. .”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki suggested on Tuesday that the written response was unlikely to be made public because “a document that is part of negotiations or discussions…is not usually” shared in outside government channels.

As for President Joe Biden’s involvement in drafting the written response, PSAki said Biden “certainly engages [with]is informed [on]and endorses every element of our response and our efforts in this process.

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