January 28, 2022

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France has warned Russia of “serious” consequences if it attacks Ukraine

France warned Russia on Wednesday that it would face “strategic and dangerous consequences” if it attacked Ukraine. Agence France-Presse reported this.

Fears are growing among Ukraine’s western allies that the massing of Russian forces near the Ukrainian border will signal that Russia is on the verge of invading Ukrainian territory.

“Strong messages have been sent to Russia that any new attack on Ukraine’s territorial integrity will have strategic and serious consequences,” the French foreign ministry said in a statement following phone talks this week between the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Britain and the United States. States.

The French ministry added that the so-called five Western allies “expressed during the talks their determination to preserve the sovereignty of Ukraine.”

The statement came after the Biden-Putin summit

In 2014, Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula located on the northern coast of the Black Sea. This move was never recognized by the international community. In the same year, pro-Moscow separatists took control of parts of two regions of eastern Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk, and declared self-proclaimed separatist republics there.

The French statement came after Tuesday’s online summit between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin. During a video call, Biden warned Putin that if Russia launched any attack on Ukraine, “strong” Western economic sanctions awaited him. The Kremlin leader called for guarantees that NATO would not expand close to Russia.

The two leaders, Biden and Putin, spoke via video link for about two hours. The summit is seen as a vital opportunity to defuse tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border, where Russia has sent as many as 100,000 troops, sparking strong fears of a major war in Europe.

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