British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday that the crisis over Ukraine It has become “the most dangerous moment” for Europe in several decades, while its foreign minister is sure to have icy talks with his Russian counterpart in Moscow, who will ensure that the Kremlin will not accept lectures from Western countries.
At the same time, the Russian military forces carried out large maneuvers north of Ukraine in Belaruspart of a 100,000-troop buildup that has spawned an invasion in the West.
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Also the NATO it has bolstered its forces on its eastern flank by sending US forces to Poland and Romania. A British air force plane carrying 350 soldiers landed in Poland, and Britain sent anti-tank missiles to Ukraine to help it bolster its defences.
“This is probably the most dangerous moment, I would say in the next few days, in the biggest security crisis that Europe has faced in several decades, and we have to do things right”He said Johnson at the headquarters of the NATO in Brussels.
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Johnsonwho later came to Warsaw to meet with the Polish prime minister, believed that the Russian president Vladimir Putin haven’t decided what to do with it yet Ukrainebut that the West must employ “sanctions and military firmness plus diplomacy.”
The general secretary of the NATOJens Stoltenberg said he sent a letter to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in which he reiterated an invitation to a series of talks on European security.
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Lavrov will exchange a severe tone with the British Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, when she meets Russia, which will attack its neighbor will have “enormous consequences and would entail serious costs” and urged Moscow to de-escalate tensions and comply with international agreements that oblige to respect the independence and sovereignty of Ukraine.
Lavrov stressed that Moscow would not accept lessons from the West.
“Ideological strategies, ultimatums and moral lessons are a road to nowhere,” Lavrov said, noting that his conversation with Truss was the first meeting between top diplomats from the two countries in more than four years. Relations between Moscow and London have soured following the March 2018 poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in England and other friction.
Russia has massed more than 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border and launched a series of military exercises in the region, but says it has no planes to invade its neighbor. Moscow wants assurances from the West that NATO does not include Ukraine and other former Soviet nations as members, that the alliance stops weapons uses in the area and withdraws its forces from Eastern Europe. The United States and NATO flatly reject these demands.
Russia and Ukraine have been immersed in a harsh conflict since 2014, when the pro-Kremlin Ukrainian president was deposed in protests, Moscow annexed Crimea and then backed a separatist insurgency in the country’s east. More than 14,000 people have been killed in the fighting between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces.
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