US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen issued a warning to Russia on Wednesday The Allies will impose sanctions on it and refrain from using it if Moscow decides to launch a new military offensive against Ukraine., On whose border it concentrates war troops.
“If Russia follows the path of conflict in Ukraine, we will respond decisively, including to economic impact measures that we have not used in the past.Blingen told a news conference at the end of a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers. Meeting with Russian Prime Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The US diplomat promised to share the idea with allies and partners It has “found great unity” in terms of “determination and willingness to pursue strong action in the event of Russia occupying Ukraine.”
Blingen did not specify what those measures would be, but said he would work closely with allies and allies in the coming days and weeks to address the details.
In recent weeks, “Russia has accelerated its plan for possible military action in Ukraine, including the deployment of tens of thousands of additional troops near the Ukrainian border.”
“We are deeply concerned by the evidence that Russia has plans for significant aggression against Ukraine.He stressed that such planning would include “destabilizing Ukraine from within” and “large-scale military operations.”
“We saw this playbook before, in 2014, Russia last occupied Ukraine. Then, as now, they significantly increased their military presence near the border. He said.
“We do not know whether President (Russian, Vladimir) Putin decided to invade. What we do know is that it has the ability to do that in a short period of time if it is selected”, He warned.
Despite the “uncertainty of motives and timing,” Blinglin argued, “we must be prepared for all contingencies as we work for Russia to reverse this trend.”
He recalled the President of the United States, Joe Biden addressed the issue with his allies and partners and even directly with Putin at the last G20 summit in Rome.
In Riga, Blingen said he was “consulting and coordinating with allies” and that “it is clear they are as determined as we are.”
“I heard it loud and clear in our discussions yesterday and today from almost all NATO members and in direct consultations with France, Germany and the United Kingdom,” he explained, adding that “we are prepared to impose heavy costs. When ready.
Blingen indicated that he would continue consultations tomorrow at a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Organization for Defense and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Stockholm until Friday. He meets with his Russian colleagues Sergei Lavrov and Ukrainian, Dmitry Kuleba.
“As we are clear with Moscow, we urge Ukraine to continue to exercise restraint,” he said, adding that Russia’s desire is a “stimulus” for something it plans to do alone.
For this reason, he stressed that Russia and Ukraine should “return to negotiations” within the framework of the Minsk peace agreement.
(With information from EFE)