Secretary of State Antony Blinken canceled a meeting with his Russian counterpart, but said the U.S. would continue to pursue diplomacy.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 5:46 PM EST

Mr. Blinken had been scheduled to depart Wednesday morning to meet with Russia's foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov.

"The further renewed Russian invasion of Ukraine that has now begun means clearly that the idea of having a meeting this week with Foreign Minister Lavrov, to pursue diplomacy — diplomacy now rejected by Russia — does not make sense," Mr. Blinken said.

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