NATO crisis talks are taking place as Truss urges Russia to stop threatening Ukraine.
FOREIGN Secretary Liz Truss has urged Russia to end its threat to Ukraine, as Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has warned of the dangers of war in Europe.
As Western ministers met yesterday, Ms Truss denounced the Kremlin’s “aggressive and unprovoked stance” toward their neighbors.
On Wednesday, Nato allies and Russia will meet for crisis talks in an attempt to avoid a war in eastern Europe.
On Monday, officials from the United States and Russia will meet in Geneva.
At the border, roughly 100,000 Russian troops, tanks, artillery, and electronic warfare equipment are massed.
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg declared that Nato forces were prepared.
“We have significant capabilities,” he stated.
We have troops on the ground.
We are prepared. We have the plans to protect and defend all allies.
“To say Ukraine is a threat to Russia is to turn the world on its head.”
He claimed that Moscow was making unreasonable demands and that Moscow had previously used force against Ukraine and Georgia.
“This sends a message that there is a real risk of armed conflict in Europe,” he said.
“That is why it is critical to engage in discussion.
However, we must be prepared for the talks to fall apart and diplomacy to fail.
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“There will be severe consequences if they decide to use military force against a neighbor, including economic and political sanctions.”
Many diplomats believe that Vladimir Putin is looking for an excuse to abandon the talks and justify his hostility toward Ukraine.
“Our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is unwavering,” Ms Truss said.
“Any incursion would be a huge strategic blunder that would come at a high price.”
“Putin’s goal is nothing less than to demonstrate the end of US global hegemony and to establish Russia as its equal – the preeminent power capable of driving a wedge between Europe and the US,” Tory MP Sir Bernard Jenkin wrote in House magazine.