Standoff Over Ukraine Shows Little Sign of Easing

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made scant progress during their 90-minute meeting in Geneva to discuss the Ukraine standoff, while agreeing that negotiations should take place in a less emotional atmosphere.

U.S. President Joe Biden’s attempt to salvage the centerpiece of his economic agenda has revived battles among Democrats over the same tax and spending proposals that have bedeviled the plan for months.

Drone strikes by Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels against the United Arab Emirates were a stark reminder of how vulnerable some of the world’s largest oil producers are to attack from armed groups using relatively rudimentary military technologies.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s admission that he attended possibly illegal parties at his Downing Street residence when the rest of the country was in lockdown left him battling to remain in office.

When the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics begins on Feb. 4, the spotlight will be on a China that’s richer and more confident than when the 2008 Summer Games were held in Beijing.

Delve into these and more of Bloomberg’s biggest stories from the past seven days in this edition of Weekend Reads.

Putin Would Burst Xi’s Olympic Dream With a War in Ukraine

Chinese President Xi Jinping may hold the key to Vladimir Putin’s timetable on any action in Ukraine. With the Russian president due to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, Alberto Nardelli and Evgenia Pismennaya write, the last thing Xi needs is for Putin to overshadow China’s big moment by triggering a global security crisis.

U.S. military aid to help Ukraine defend against a possible invasion began arriving on Friday night, the American Embassy in Kyiv said.

Ukraine’s Frontline Civilians Think War With Russia Won’t Come

People living on Ukraine’s side of the frontline with Russia are confident that Putin will not order an invasion, Marc Champion reports from the region. They can’t believe anyone would want to start a war given the bloodshed that would follow.

Washington is weighing whether to evacuate family members of its diplomats stationed in Ukraine, sources say.

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