US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken plans to visit Brussels next week to discuss Russian troop movements near the Ukrainian border with US-NATO partners. Bloomberg reported this on Saturday, April 10, citing informed sources. According to the agency, at the same time the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, will also be in Brussels, where he is scheduled to meet with the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg.
The publication does not specify the date of the planned visit but emphasizes that the meetings of the Secretary of State are expected to take place throughout most of the week.
Earlier, from 22 to 25 March, Blinken was also on a visit to Brussels, where, among other things, he took part in a meeting of the foreign ministers of NATO countries.
Earlier on Saturday, it was reported that Blinken, together with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, discussed the situation on the border of Ukraine and Russia during two telephone conversations.
On April 9, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the transformation of Ukraine into an unstable region determines the measures that Russia is taking to ensure its own security. The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics declare that the situation on the contact line in Donbas is worsening. So, on April 3, as a result of an attack on the outskirts of Donetsk by a drone, a child born in 2016 died, and a woman born in 1954 was injured.