During his visit to Riga, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that “any new manifestation of Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine would have serious consequences.” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also referred to the issue, stressing that “Russia will have to pay a high price for any form of aggression.”
Antony Blinken in Riga participates in the meeting of NATO foreign ministers, which lasts until Wednesday. At a press conference that preceded Tuesday’s meeting, Blinken described the Russian armed forces movements as “atypical” and added that the Russian escalation would be considered an action of concern to the United States.
According to the Reuters agency, Blinken also stated that Russia often combines military concentration with methods of destabilizing the country from within. The head of American diplomacy emphasized the activity of cooperation within NATO in the light of Russian maneuvers and assured that he intended to consult NATO members on steps to be taken against Russian actions.
Confirmation of the “iron” commitment
The secretary of state confirmed the “iron” commitment of the US to Latvia and announced that since 2015 about $ 400 million has been allocated to strengthening its security – the portal of Latvian public television reported. “We’ve seen the Russian scenario of the game many times, and part of that scenario is to craft a provocation to justify something that was planned all along,” said Blinken.
We have seen the Russian script of the game many times
On Tuesday morning, Blinken attended separate meetings with the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, and the Prime Minister, Kirsjanis Karins. On Twitter, he thanked the president for their joint efforts to strengthen European security and connect Europe within the Three Seas Initiative. He also expressed his appreciation for Latvian support for the democratic aspirations of Belarusians.
Maas: Russia will have to pay a heavy price
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also warned Russia against attacking Ukraine. “Russia will have to pay a high price for any form of aggression,” the politician said on Tuesday shortly before leaving for NATO consultations in Riga. – NATO’s support for Ukraine is unwavering, and its independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty are not subject to discussion – emphasized Maas, quoted by the German dpa agency.
According to NATO’s findings, Russia has once again amassed unusually large contingents of troops and modern weapons on the border with Ukraine. “Russia’s military actions on the border with Ukraine give us the greatest concern,” said Maas. As he underlined, “fair and sustained steps towards de-escalation, which can only be achieved through talks, are important now.” “I will never cease to emphasize that the door to such talks remains open to Russia,” added Maas.
The head of German diplomacy left open the question of how NATO might react to Russia’s further aggression towards Ukraine. For example, there are possible new and severe economic sanctions from the Allies. Military intervention in this conflict is considered rather unlikely due to the danger of a great war.
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