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US and European allies warn Russia of ‘swift and serious consequences’ of invading Ukraine

US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman has engaged in a telephone conversation with European allies, including France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, to discuss the written response sent to Russia against the list of security guarantees sent to Washington last December. At Tuesday’s meeting, officials discussed the importance of close coordination against Russian aggression in the hot zone along the Ukraine-Russia border, the department’s spokesman said Friday. of State Ned Price. The diplomats also jointly agreed on “coordinated swift and serious consequences” in the event of another military incursion into Kyiv.

“Participants discussed the US and NATO written responses to Russia, the Normandy format meeting held in Paris on January 26, and our continued commitment to diplomacy,” the official said. US State Department spokesman Ned Price in a statement.

“They agreed on the importance of close and continued coordination and unity in the face of Russia’s unprovoked military build-up on Ukraine’s borders and reaffirmed that any further military incursions into Ukraine will have swift consequences, serious and coordinated,” Price added.

The virtual meeting was convened in the presence of the Secretary General of the French MFA François Delattre, the German State Secretary of the MFA Andreas Michaelis and the Italian Secretary General of the MFA Ettore Sequi. The leaders were joined by Britain’s Minister of State for the Middle East, North Africa and North America, James Cleverly.

The meeting comes after the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) handed in their written responses to Russia against the security proposals, rejecting its request to change the bloc’s admission process. international military to exclude Kyiv from membership. The US letter was hand-delivered by US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is currently “examining” the response, in which the United States would have left the “main question unanswered”, according to Sputnik.

Pentagon chief discusses ongoing tensions between Kyiv and Moscow with his German counterpart

On the sidelines of Sherman’s meeting, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin spoke with his German counterpart, Christine Lambrecht, on Friday. The two diplomats shared their concerns over the escalation of military activities in the conflict-ridden Donbass region. They also underlined their strong support for Ukraine’s sovereignty. The leaders also discussed recent diplomatic engagements with Russia and urged Moscow to ‘back off from its dangerous course’ and warned the latter of the consequences of another invasion of Kiev, the Pentagon spokesman said. John Kirby in a statement.

It should be mentioned that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine escalated after Moscow deployed more than 100,000 troops along the Donbass region, indicating a possible invasion of Kiev. While the West continued to raise concerns about the dense buildup of troops, Russia denied any threat to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and presented the move as part of routine drills “in its territory”. In the wake of rising tensions, Moscow has also accused the United States of “alarmist” behavior, with Russian President Vladimir Putin saying he will not “stand idly by” in the face of “a Western policy agressive”.

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