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Newsline: Russia’s Top Diplomat Accuses U.S. of Running ‘Propaganda Campaign’

Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said Washington is leading a “propaganda campaign” against Moscow. (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/lavrov-blinken-talks-kyiv-embassy-082132075.html) Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will speak on Saturday as part of a new flurry of diplomatic efforts. Russia has repeatedly denied it plans an invasion, as the U.S. and its NATO allies warn a buildup of almost 130,000 Russian troops near the Ukrainian border may be preparation to do so, including via Belarus from the north. The U.S. assessment helped push crude oil prices to their highest since 2014 while U.S. stocks faltered. More countries advised their citizens to leave Ukraine, while Russia said it’s “optimizing” staff at its Ukrainian missions.

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