Blinken puts in Lavrov guard against escalation in Ukraine

In a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart, he warned today, Thursday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken Moscow Since escalating Ukraine, he has called on Russia to “de-escalate” and “diplomacy”, threatening once again with “serious consequences” if Moscow launches “aggression” against Ukraine. “We are deeply concerned about Russia’s plans to carry out a new aggression against Ukraine,” Blinken told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, during a tense meeting. in Sweden.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the nightmare of the military confrontation scenario returns in Europe. At the beginning of his talks with Blinken on the sidelines of a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Stockholm said Russian President Vladimir Putin made it clear that Moscow does not want to commit in a new conflict over Ukraine, even if the tension is in increase in the region.

Blinken had said before the talks began that Russia would face “serious consequences” if it resorted to confrontation with Ukraine.

In turn, the European Union declared: “We have informed Moscow of the need to respect the sovereignty and unity of Ukraine”.

The Kremlin announced Thursday that Russia considers Ukraine’s intention to recapture Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014, a “direct threat” amid mounting tensions between the two countries.

He expressed concern over what he described as the hostile rhetoric of the Ukrainian leadership, saying it was raising concerns about a possible escalation of the fighting. in a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine.

“We see this as a direct threat to Russia,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, referring to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s statements on Wednesday.

In a speech to parliament, Zelensky said that the “liberation” of Crimea was a “goal” and a “national philosophy”. He was talking about Ukraine’s efforts in this direction at the diplomatic level, and not at the military intervention level.

Peskov felt that “tale wording means that the Kiev regime intends to use all means, including force, to invade Russian territory. “

The Russian presidential spokesman condemned the “hostile rhetoric” of the Ukrainian authorities and expressed his fear of a military operation in Kiev, in the east of the country.

Eastern Ukraine is witnessing a war between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists that broke out in 2014 after Moscow annexed Crimea. The conflict resulted in the deaths of over 13,000 people. The clashes have lessened in significantly by the agreements of pace 2015, but violence continues to erupt regularly.

Peskov believed that “the likelihood of Ukrainian military action” in the separatist east “remains high”. “We see an increase in the intensity of provocative actions on the nip,” he said.

“It is a topic that worries us a lot”, he continued, accusing Kiev of respecting the agreements signed in Minsk in 2015, whose political component has never been applied.

Relations between Russia and Ukraine have been strained for weeks, with Moscow accused of amassing its forces at the border and Kiev fearing an imminent invasion.

Russia denies any intention to carry out an attack and, in turn, accuses Ukraine of representing a “threat” to it and NATO of wanting to extend to its borders.

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