Any aggression by Russia towards Ukraine may set off “serious consequences,” and Moscow ought to assume twice, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned on Tuesday in Latvia, the place he’s attending a gathering of NATO international ministers.
Standing alongside Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, Blinken slammed Russia as issuing “increasingly belligerent rhetoric” and alleged that the nation was conducting “unusual troop movements” alongside Ukraine’s border.
“Any escalatory actions by Russia would be of great concern to the United States, as they would to Latvia, and any renewed aggression would trigger serious consequences,” Blinken advised the press.
The secretary of state’s feedback come amid stories from some Western media sources that Russia is planning to mount an invasion of Ukraine within the near future, with Moscow going through accusations that it’s increase its navy presence on the Russian-Ukrainian frontier.
Blinken famous that the assembly of NATO international ministers, going down on Tuesday and Wednesday, would characteristic a dialogue on what the bloc ought to do to strengthen its protection capabilities “in the context of concerns raised by Russia’s actions along Ukraine borders.”
Also, on Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg clarified that Ukraine was an in depth companion, however as a non-member, the bloc wouldn’t assure its safety, regardless of expressing concern over the alleged Russian navy buildup.
“We must understand the difference between a NATO ally, for example, Latvia, Poland, and Romania, and a close and highly valued partner [such as] Ukraine, for which we provide support, training capacity, equipment,” he defined, mentioning that there isn’t any obligation for the bloc to guard Kiev.