Britain vows to prevent Russia’s attack on Ukraine with “all economic and diplomatic tools”


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has agreed with other world leaders to present a “united front” against Russia’s threat to Ukraine, “all economic and diplomatic means” to prevent Russia’s invasion. I vowed to use.

President Johnson spoke to US President Joe Biden, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the situation in Ukraine on Monday.

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Ukrainian military personnel will attend a rehearsal of an official ceremony to hand over tanks, armored personnel carriers and military vehicles to the Ukrainian Army on December 6, 2021 when celebrating Army Day in Kiev, Ukraine. (Gleb Garanich / Reuters)

According to a spokesman for Downing Street, leaders “emphasized the need to provide a united front in the face of Russia’s threat and hostility.”

They “call on Russia to ease tensions and reaffirm their firm support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity,” a spokesman said.

“The Prime Minister said Britain would continue to use all freely available economic and diplomatic means to prevent Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” he said.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) is shaking hands with US President Joe Biden during a meeting in Geneva on June 16, 2021. (Via Mikhail Metsel / Sputnik / AFP, Getty Images)

Biden and Putin will speak on a video call on Tuesday, which is seen as a sign of a potential aggression amid rising tensions over the buildup of Russian troops at the Ukrainian border.

Ukrainian officials have estimated that more than 90,000 Russian troops are gathering near the border of the Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula and said they believe the attack is imminent. They have sought help from the United States and other countries to protect their borders.

Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union before becoming an independent country in 1991.

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During a maneuver on the Crimean Peninsula on April 22, 2021, Russian military vehicles were loaded onto an airplane for aerial training. (Russian Ministry of Defense news agency via AP)

Western nations see Ukraine as a breakwater against Russia. Russia has more territorial ambitions. Russia occupied the Crimean Peninsula in 2014, when former US President Barack Obama took office.

According to the Kremlin, Putin attempts on the phone to make Biden promise that Ukraine will not be allowed to participate in NATO. However, Biden said on December 3 that he would not accept anyone’s red line.

NATO Secretary-General Jason Stoltenberg called on Russia for transparency on November 30, stating that Russia’s accumulation was “not provoked and unexplained.”

Zachary Stieber and PA contributed to this report.

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