US, Israel Top Diplomats Discuss Ukraine-Russia Conflict, Iran Vienna Talks

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Israel Foreign Minister Yair Lapid met on Monday in Riga, the capital city of Latvian, where both sides will discuss Russia’s war in Ukraine and Israel’s diplomatic initiative to help end the war. They will also talk over the ongoing Vienna talks over a possible deal with Iran.

“We will discuss the talks in Vienna on a possible return to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers,” Lapid said in remarks at the start of the meeting where reporters were present.

Lapid said that the only way to stop the war is to negotiate. “Israel is a partner in the global effort to make sure and clarify that this war must be stopped,” Lapid added.

Blinken expressed US’s appreciation to any efforts of its allies “to see if there’s any opening to end the war,” but empathized that any solution “must ensure the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

The meeting comes just days after Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow at Ukraine’s request.

“I am meeting with Blinken at a time when the world order is changing,” Lapid said, referring to both the war in Ukraine and the nuclear talks with Iran.

“It’s not a secret we have our differences on this, but it is a conversation between allies that have a common goal which is to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear threshold country,” Lapid said.

World leaders have been engaged in two major issues, Russia’s war of Ukraine, where Moscow calls it a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and Iran’s nuclear talks which is underway in Vienna.


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