Stoltenberg and Blinken discussed the situation regarding the mobilization of Russian forces near Ukraine

Stoltenberg and Blinken discussed the situation regarding the mobilization of Russian forces near Ukraine
Stoltenberg and Blinken discussed the situation regarding the mobilization of Russian forces near Ukraine

“I spoke to Secretary of State Blinken about the importance of de-escalating [situaciją] due to the significant concentration of Russian forces near Ukraine, “the leader of the Alliance wrote on Twitter.

“NATO is united. He added. “We are ready for dialogue in the Russia-NATO Council on January 12.”

The two spoke the day after U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed rising tensions between Moscow and the West over Ukraine.

The second phone call by U.S. and Russian leaders in less than a month reflects intense diplomatic efforts to resolve a dangerously growing confrontation in Eastern Europe.

Prior to this discussion, both sides claimed to be willing to listen to opponents’ arguments. However, a conversation on Thursday that paved the way for the difficult lower-level direct talks in Geneva in January provided little hint as to whether any important compromises were being prepared.

Washington and other Western countries are sounding the alarm bells over the concentration of Russian forces on Ukraine’s borders and accusing Moscow of planning to invade its neighbor this winter. According to the West, up to 100 thousand people are concentrated at the Ukrainian border. Russian soldiers.

In 2014, Moscow has already annexed Ukraine-owned Crimea, and it is accused of providing support to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine during a conflict that has already claimed more than 13,000 lives. lives.

Putin denies the allegations, accuses the West of fueling tensions and says NATO’s expansion to the east is a threat to Russia’s security, even though Ukraine has not been offered membership in the military alliance.

In mid-December, Russia issued security demands addressed to NATO and the United States, urging US-led NATO not to admit new members or establish military bases in former Soviet countries.

The United States, for its part, rejected the Kremlin’s ambition to dictate the future of independent states. Washington warned that if Moscow sent its forces to Ukraine, Russia would face extremely severe economic sanctions from the US and European Union capitals.

Previous Western sanctions imposed by Western countries following the annexation of Crimea by Moscow have not had a significant tangible effect.

Mr Biden warned a Russian counterpart on Thursday of a strong American response to any Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the Kremlin leader said new sanctions on Moscow would be a huge mistake.

 
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