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Ukrainian minister asks for NATO help: deterrent measures must be taken against Russia

Ukrainian minister asks for NATO help: deterrent measures must be taken against Russia

Kuleba called for clear communication with Moscow, preparation of a sanctions package and increased military support for Kiev.

“We are convinced that if we join forces, if we coordinate our actions, we will be able to deter (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and discourage him from choosing the worst scenario – a military operation,” he added. Kuleba said at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Riga.

Russia will pay a heavy price

The topic of the two-day ministerial talks is the reaction to the steps taken by Russia, which is gathering troops and military equipment near the Ukrainian border.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after talks on Tuesday that Russia would pay a “heavy price” if it launched a military operation against Ukraine. According to Stoltenberg, NATO member states can impose sanctions on Russia. And AFP remembers that NATO itself does not make a decision on sanctions. However, member states provide military support to Ukraine.

The Russian maneuvers stirred up emotions

Russian military exercises, during which Moscow sent thousands of soldiers to areas near the border with Ukraine in early March and April, have already raised the concerns of the international community.

They took part in a military exercise considered the largest since 2014, when Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula, or since it began supporting separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Moscow rejects any allegations of a possible attack on Ukraine.

Zelensky wants to negotiate with Putin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Wednesday for direct talks with Russia to end the eight-year military conflict with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. This was reported by Agence France-Presse.

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“We have to tell the truth that without direct talks with Russia, we will not be able to end this war.” Zelensky said before the members of the Verkhovna Rada – the Verkhovna Rada.

Zdroj: SITA / AP Photo / Evan Vucci

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Russia has amassed 115,000 of its soldiers in Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014, and in two regions of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

“Let’s be honest, the war in Donbass has been going on for eight years. Eight years since Russia annexed Crimea,” Zelensky said. The president added that he was “not afraid” to speak directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin.