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US faces conundrum in Russia military showdown near Ukraine

Russia continues to have troops massed at the Ukraine border in sufficient numbers to launch a significant surprise attack.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON - United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has held a round of emergency meetings with his counterparts from key European countries to coordinate a unified Western response to the recent massing of Russian troops at the border between Russia and Ukraine.

After a meeting in Brussels with the foreign ministers of Italy, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom held at the headquarters of Nato, the US-led military alliance in Europe, Mr Blinken pledged America's "unwavering support" for Ukraine's independence.

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