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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks in the briefing room of the State Department in Washington, DC, on January 7, 2022. – Blinken said Friday that Russia could choose a diplomatic solution on Ukraine in talks next week but warned the US would not be “distracted” by Moscow’s demands. “We’re prepared to respond forcefully to further Russian aggression. But a diplomatic solution is still possible and preferable if Russia chooses it,” Blinken told reporters ahead of talks January 10 in Geneva. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP)