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Cracks appear in Western unanimity on Russia amid Ukraine crisis

A satellite image showing tanks, artillery and tents at the Pogonov training area in Voronez, Russia, on Jan 15, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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LONDON - United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken is meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday (Jan 21) in the latest effort to defuse the acute crisis over Ukraine.

But diplomats remain pessimistic about the chances of a breakthrough. And, partly due to contradictory remarks by President Joe Biden, the US may find it increasingly difficult to uphold unanimity among its allies in the confrontation with Russia.

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