US, Germany say any Russian aggression against Ukraine would trigger response

20/1/2022 5:43:00 PM

US, Germany say any Russian aggression against Ukraine would trigger response

https://str.sg/wAJJBERLIN (BLOOMBERG) - The US and Germany said any Russian aggression against Ukraine would trigger a serious response from Western allies in the latest effort to deter a conflict in the region.US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock delivered the warning after a four-way meeting in Berlin with counterparts from France and Britain on Thursday (Jan 20), a show of unity amid Russia's buildup of troops on its border with Ukraine.

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sg/wAJJ BERLIN (BLOOMBERG) - The US and Germany said any Russian aggression against Ukraine would trigger a serious response from Western allies in the latest effort to deter a conflict in the region. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock delivered the warning after a four-way meeting in Berlin with counterparts from France and Britain on Thursday (Jan 20), a show of unity amid Russia's buildup of troops on its border with Ukraine."I would say that's more stark than we have been. "We're at a decisive juncture," Mr Blinken said. You have reached your limit of subscriber-only articles this month."We have been very clear throughout if any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border and commit new acts of aggression against Ukraine that will be met with a swift, severe, united response from the United States and our partners. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken flew to Ukraine for talks on Wednesday, with subsequent stops in Berlin to meet European allies on Thursday, and Geneva to sit down with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday." Mr Blinken offered a show of US support for the country in meetings with its leaders in Kyiv on Wednesday, as he continues a diplomatic push to head off a Russian invasion that the US has said may be imminent. For Mr Putin, embroiled in a dispute with the United States over spheres of influence and facing harsh sanctions if he follows through on a threatened invasion of Ukraine, it was a chance to show that Russia has friends it can call on in its battles with the West.

Ms Baerbock indicated Germany would play a role in punishing Russia for military action against its neighbour. However, Moscow's massive build-up of offensive weaponry and troops leaves little doubt that at least a potential assault is being prepared as a way to back the Kremlin's broader aim of preventing pro-Western Ukraine from leaving the Russian sphere of influence.."Every further Russian aggression would have grave consequences," she said."It's a good and important signal that talks are continuing. The latest US comments appeared to reflect an increasingly grim view of the standoff." French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and UK Minister of State James Cleverly joined the talks in Berlin earlier on Thursday, and Mr Blinken is due to meet with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz later in the day after making a speech at an Atlantik-Bruecke event. He heads to Geneva for talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Friday."We still don't believe that he's made a final decision. But along with an upcoming naval exercise combining warships from Russia, Iran and China, the Kremlin appeared intent on sending a message that it was continuing to foster new ties that could serve as a counterweight to the West.

US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he thinks Russia President Vladimir Putin - who denies he plans an invasion - doesn't want a full-scale armed conflict with Ukraine but expects Russia to"move in" on its neighbour. In a news conference marking his first year in office, Mr Biden said that the US and its European allies are united on making sure Russia faces"severe economic consequences". "No option is off the table" when it comes to sanctions, she said, warning of an"extremely dangerous situation. However, he acknowledged that the Nato alliance is split over what to do if Russia opts for a smaller-scale incursion into Ukraine. The European Union is steering clear of a group discussion of specific penalties for Russia for the time being, according to people familiar with the matter. The pipeline, which has been completed but not commissioned, is seen as an important part of Europe's energy supply network, but also a crown jewel in Moscow's export capabilities. Several governments are keen to avoid the debate, fearing it would highlight potential differences within the 27-member bloc. Mr Putin has worked to foster close ties with Israel, which Iranian leaders see as an enemy.

Join . BLINKEN DIPLOMATIC WHIRLWIND Blinken's diplomatic whirlwind follows inconclusive talks last week in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna, where Russia presented what Western governments say are unacceptable demands.