John Kerry, President Joe Biden’s special representative on climate change, met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday for an impromptu meeting on “the climate agenda” in India.
The meeting occurred as Russian troops and weaponry continue to amass on the border of Ukraine, alarming the European Union, NATO, and other key American allies. Moscow insists that troop movements within Russia’s borders are not the business of any other nation and Russia “does not pose a threat to any country in the world.”
Ukraine has endured years of civil war, fueled by Russian support for separatist forces, on its eastern border in a region known as Donbass. Ukraine also lost control of its Crimea region in 2014 after Russia invaded and colonized it, declaring all its residents Russian citizens. President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an executive decree in late March launching a formal policy to return the Crimean