British Foreign Minister Liz Truss on Thursday condemned the Kremlin’s “hostile and escalating rhetoric” on Ukraine and NATO, but at the same time welcomed Moscow’s intention to engage in dialogue.
In a statement released after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual press conference, the British minister reiterated that “the strengthening of Russia’s military capabilities on the borders with Ukraine and Crimea, which have been illegally annexed, is unacceptable”.
He also added that “any Russian incursion would be a serious strategic mistake and will be dealt with forcefully”, especially through “coordinated sanctions with our partners with the aim of imposing a heavy cost on Russia’s interests and economy”.
He also stressed the “defensive nature of NATO”, stressing that “the only one via exit from the current situation remains through dialogue “, adding,” I welcome the fact that Russia has indicated its intention to start talks in January “.
Interestingly, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at his annual press conference at the end of the year that the US reaction to Russian proposals to resolve the Russian-West crisis over Ukraine is “positive”.
“There should be no eastward expansion of NATO,” he added. “The ball is in their court. They have to give us some answers”, but “in overall, we see a positive reaction. “
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