BLINKEN TO VISIT DENMARK, ICELAND AND GREENLAND NEXT WEEK
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is scheduled to visit Denmark, Iceland, and Greenland next week, a trip that includes his first in-person meeting with his Russian counterpart, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
He first stops in Copenhagen to meet with Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod to discuss, among other things, the fight against the climate crisis, the US State Department said in a newly announced itinerary on Friday.
Blinken will then attend the Arctic Council ministerial meeting in Iceland, where separate talks are set to take place with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The focus of attention in that sit-down is whether an agreement will emerge on US President Joe Biden's proposed summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin.
Biden had suggested the two meet in a third country at a summit, but it is unclear whether Putin will accept the invitation.
US-Russia ties have nose-dived over Washington's allegations of election interference and cyberattacks, the treatment of jailed Russian dissident Alexei Navalny and the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
The two sides have imposed a wave of sanctions and counter-sanctions. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the face-to-face between Lavrov and Blinken was arranged to discuss "key issues of mutual relations and the international agenda."