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Blinken heads north for unusually long 5-day Arctic tour

Bilateral meeting with Russia's Lavrov to pave way for Biden-Putin summit

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken boards a U.S. government plane as he departs from Kyiv, Ukraine, on May 6. (Photo courtesy of the State Department)

NEW YORK -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will soon travel to Denmark, Iceland and Greenland on a trip that spans nearly all of next week and aims to signal the Biden administration's focus on the Arctic region.

Blinken will visit Copenhagen, Reykjavik and Kangerlussuaq from Sunday to Thursday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement. In Reykjavik, Blinken will participate in the May 19-20 Arctic Council Ministerial and hold bilateral meetings, including with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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