U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned on Sunday of consequences if Russia acts “aggressively” towards Ukraine.
“I have to tell you I have real concerns about Russia’s actions on the borders of Ukraine,” Blinken stated, noting that there are “more Russian forces massed on those borders than at any time since 2014 when Russia first invaded.”
“That’s why we’re in very close contact, in close coordination, with our allies and partners in Europe,” Blinken clarified.
Moreover, he affirmed that President Joe Biden’s been very clear about this, stressing that “If Russia acts recklessly, or aggressively, there will be costs, there will be consequences.”
The U.S. Secretary of State Antony, his French and German counterparts reaffirmed on Friday their full support to Ukraine in its confrontation with Russia.
The top diplomates called on Russia to halt a troop buildup on Ukraine’s borders, and suggested stepped-up consultations among the NATO allies on Russia’s massing of forces.
Russian military movements have fueled concerns that Moscow is preparing to send forces into Ukraine. The Kremlin believes that its troops do not represent any threat, however, it affirms they will remain as long as it sees fit.