Blinken will return to Brussels for talks on Ukraine and Afghanistan

US Secretary of State will also discuss developments with Iran

(FILES) In this file photo US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about US leadership in fighting the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic during an event at the State Department in Washington, DC on April 5, 2021.  US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned in an interview on April 11, 2021 of "consequences" if Russia acts "aggressively" towards Ukraine. "I have to tell you I have real concerns about Russia's actions on the borders of Ukraine," Blinken told NBC's "Meet the Press" of the military build-up in the region."President Biden's been very clear about this. If Russia acts recklessly, or aggressively, there will be costs, there will be consequences," Blinken said.
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will return to Brussels this week for discussions on Iran, Afghanistan and Ukraine, a US official said.

Mr Blinken will join US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin in Brussels, Reuters reported.

Mr Austin was scheduled to visit Nato headquarters in Belgium on a trip that started on Saturday and also includes Israel, Germany and Britain, the Pentagon said last week.

The coincides with increasing tension over Russian activity near Ukraine's eastern border, where Washington says Moscow has amassed more troops than at any time since 2014.

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine on Friday of "dangerous, provocative actions" in Ukraine's eastern Donbass region.

Turkey, a Nato ally, said on Friday that the US would send two warships to the Black Sea from April 14 to 15.

Mr Blinken first visited Brussels in March for talks with EU and Nato allies, and pledged to rebuild and revitalise transatlantic alliances.

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