Ukraine: Baerbock and Blinken warn Russia
During Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock's first visit to Washington, the USA and Germany have demonstrated a united stance vis-à-vis Russia in the Ukraine crisis.
Washington (dpa) - During Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock's first visit to Washington, the USA and Germany have demonstrated a united stance vis-à-vis Russia in the Ukraine crisis. Ahead of marathon negotiations with Moscow next week, the Green politician said on Wednesday: "Russian action comes with a clear price tag." A military escalation would have "enormous diplomatic and economic consequences" for Russia. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said both Germany and the US viewed Russia's actions as "an immediate and urgent challenge to peace and stability in Europe".
US talks with Russia are due to take place in Geneva on 10 January. A meeting of the NATO-Russia Council is scheduled for 12 January – the first in two and a half years. In addition, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is to hold talks on 13 January. The USA has been accusing Russia for weeks of building up troops in areas close to the border with Ukraine. It is feared that Russian troops could invade the ex-Soviet republic. Russia denies any such plans. Among other things, Moscow is demanding an end to NATO's eastward expansion, which would mean that Ukraine could not join the alliance.
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