The United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and NATO on Tuesday warned Russia against a military occupation of Ukraine. Reuters reported.
“Any increase in Russia’s activities would be of great concern to the United States … and any renewed occupation would have serious consequences.” US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen said.
He said the United States would talk to NATO allies in the coming days about possible alliances to strengthen the security, resilience and capabilities of member states.
The foreign ministers of the member states of the North Atlantic Coalition met on Tuesday in the Latvian capital, Riga, where they will hold a two-day meeting. They also talk about the concentration of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, Reuters recalled.
Britain and Germany have already agreed to Blingen’s warning. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said “any Russian move that undermines Ukraine’s independence and democracy” is a “strategic mistake.”
“NATO’s support for Ukraine is unwavering … Russia will have to pay a high price for any aggression,” said German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass.
Prior to the Riga talks, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia’s intentions were not clear. On Monday, after a meeting with Latvian President Egles Levitz, he wrote on Twitter that Russia should be transparent and reduce tensions.
Concerns have been raised by the international community about Russia’s military maneuvers this year, during which Moscow sent thousands of troops to areas near the Ukrainian border in March and early April.
They took part in a military exercise that is considered the largest since Russia annexed the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula in 2014 or began supporting separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine.
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