United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned again this Friday that hypothetical Russian “aggression” on Ukraine will not go unpunished and will provoke a “swift, forceful and united” response that Washington hopes to close ranks on to all its international allies, particularly in Europe.
“We are at a crucial moment,” admitted the head of US diplomacy during a visit to Berlin with a previous stopover in Kiev. The Joe Biden administration wants to make it clear that it will respond if Russia ever invades the neighboring country.
“We have made it very clear that if Russia moves its troops towards the Ukrainian border and commits new acts of aggression, there will be a swift, forceful and unified response from the United States and our allies,” Blinken said, according to the Bloomberg news agency.
This unity, he added, “gives strength.” “A force, I would add, that Russia cannot match,” he warned, accusing Moscow of dividing Western allies, who are now mobilizing to provide Kiev with military equipment to defend against a hypothetical attack .
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has also shared Blinken’s threats about the “serious consequences” of any action by Russia, a country which the DPA says has urged her to take steps to ease tensions in the region.
“We agree that the only way out of this crisis is a political one,” said Baerbock, who immediately put the ball in the Russian field. “Unfortunately, Russian behavior still speaks a different language,” he added.
The Russian government justifies its latest moves with alleged provocations, in particular with the threat that Moscow believes would emanate from Ukraine’s NATO membership. He has also criticized the military aid provided by several countries in recent days.
“We’re just trying to make sure that (…) Ukraine has the means to defend itself and maybe stave off further aggression by Russia,” Blinken told the media in an appearance where he denied these agreements can be called “something provocative”.