Europe facing the “biggest security crisis” in decades: Johnson, UK


Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced the “most dangerous moments” of the “greatest security crisis” for decades as Russia has troops stationed on the border with Ukraine. Warned.

It is believed that more than 100,000 Russian troops are stationed on the border with Ukraine, but the Kremlin claims that there are no plans for aggression.

Johnson said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stortenberg on Thursday that he did not believe the Kremlin had made a decision on whether to invade Ukraine.

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The instructor will train Lumia, 59, a member of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Force, near Kiev, Ukraine, on February 5, 2022. (Efrem Lukatsky / AP Photo)

But he added: The border with Ukraine is home to a huge group of tactical battalions. “

“This is probably the most dangerous moment in the coming days of the biggest security crisis Europe has faced over decades,” he said.

Johnson warned Russia that Europe’s “complete and free” thinking and NATO’s open door policy, which allows Ukraine to seek accession, are “non-negotiable.”

Britain has put 1,000 troops on standby in case of a humanitarian crisis in the east if the current Russian military buildup leads to war, but the government has previously allowed British troops to participate in combat. It states that the sex is low.

The UK also supplied Ukraine with about 2,000 anti-tank missiles.

Asked if he could approve military support for armed groups in Ukraine in the event of an invasion, Johnson said, “We will consider what we can offer, as far as we can think of.” ..

He said the Ukrainians were “well prepared” and the aggression would be an “absolute disaster.”

Following the meeting in Brussels, Johnson arrived in Poland to provide assistance to NATO allies in Eastern Europe.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) was welcomed by Polish Prime Minister Mateush Morawicki (R), who arrived in Warsaw on February 10, 2022. (DanielLeal / Pool / AFP via Getty Images)

Johnson, who co-starred with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Moravietski in Warsaw, said Britain and Poland would not accept a world where “strong neighbors can bully or attack others.”

“We now need to work together to achieve de-escalation and convince Vladimir Putin to de-escalate and liberate,” he added.

This trip is part of the British government’s diplomatic promotion aimed at preventing the invasion of Russia.

Also on Thursday, British Foreign Minister Liz Truss met with her Russian counterpart Sergeń≠ Viklov in Moscow.

Truss told Russia to abandon the “Cold War rhetoric” and follow the diplomatic path to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

“There is still time for Russia to end its invasion of Ukraine and pursue a diplomatic path,” she said.

“But NATO is very clear that if that path is not chosen, it will have serious consequences for Russia, Ukraine, and Europe as a whole.”

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan

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