Blinken warns Russia of “results” if they act aggressively in Ukraine


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned on Sunday that the Biden administration was concerned about the expansion of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border and that if they acted “aggressively and recklessly” in Ukraine, there would be “results” in Moscow.

Blinken, Interview NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday said it “has real concerns about Russia’s actions at the Ukrainian border,” and Russia has more than ever since Moscow merged Crimea in 2014. He said he was gathering troops. He added that all US allies in Europe “share that concern.”

Blinken points out that the United States and Russia have a common interest in cooperating with strategic priorities such as arms control, while the Biden administration is in Moscow to explain its potential actions in Ukraine. He said he was determined to detain him.

“President Biden was very clear about this. If Russia acted recklessly or aggressively, it would be costly and result,” Blinken said.

Blinken’s remarks follow reports that the United States will send two warships to the Black Sea this week, and Turkey’s Foreign Ministry raises concerns on Friday about NATO forces that do not have a coastline in areas of increased naval activity. I urged Russia to do so.

The Pentagon refused to discuss Turkey’s comments, but said the military would send ships to the area on a regular basis.

“That’s not new,” said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, referring to US Navy vessels in the Black Sea in Washington.

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The guided missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea departs Mayport Naval Base in Mayport, Florida on February 15, 2014. (Mass Communication Specialist Level 2 Marcus L. Stanley / US Navy via AP)

Kirby was asked at April 6 press conference Whether Ukraine sought special assistance from the US military in the light of the buildup of Russian troops.

“I don’t know the specific requirements for ability in this regard,” Kirby told reporters, “we are both non-lethal and lethal so that they can better protect themselves.” Supports Ukraine with its items. “

“As we said yesterday, we will continue to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, and we will continue to call on Russia not to provoke and increase tensions.”

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Ukrainian military personnel are working on tanks near the front lines with Russian-backed separatists near Lysychans’k in the Lugansk region on April 7, 2021. (STR / AFP via Getty Images)

The provocative Moscow theme was also central to Friday, and Blinken spoke to German and French counterparts about rising tensions in Ukraine.

Blinken and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, “The importance of supporting Ukraine against the unilateral provocation of Russia along the borders of eastern Ukraine, occupied Crimea and Ukraine, and Russia’s strengthening of military power. And emphasized the need to stop the inflammation immediately. Rhetoric “Ned Price, spokesman for the Ministry of State Said in a statement..

price, In another statement About Blinken’s call French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, A similar reference was made to “one-sided Russian provocation.”

Moscow has accused Kiev of heightened tensions, but Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of “dangerous provocative actions” in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine on Friday.

According to a statement by the Ukrainian President, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited a place along the front line of Donbas, where the ceasefire has been “recently systematically violated” on Thursday with the aim of “maintaining fighting spirit.” ..

Zelensky on Tuesday demanded Ukraine join NATO and was immediately criticized by Moscow. Kiev’s approach to the Western military alliance could further fuel the flames of conflict, he said.

Due to heightened tensions in recent weeks, Moscow announced on April 6 that the military has begun a military “combat readiness” inspection.

Since Russia merged Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, regular skirmishes have been held between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, and it is estimated that approximately 14,000 people have been killed in the fighting. ..