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EU, NATO should pay attention to different scenarios of Russian invasion of Ukraine, - Latvia

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According to the Foreign Minister of Latvia, it will be clear how the situation is going to develop after next week's talks between the US and Russia
15:22, 5 January 2022

Edgars Rinkēvičs, the Foreign Minister of Latvia
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The European Union and NATO must pay attention to different scenarios of the Russian invasion of Ukraine as Delfi reported citing Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

"Russia can carry out not only a large invasion of Ukraine but also smaller attacks, for example, in the form of hybrid warfare, which can also affect security. Therefore, NATO and the EU should pay more attention to such scenarios," the minister said.

It is noted that large-scale sanctions against Russia, in case of an invasion of Ukraine, will also affect Latvia's economy, but this is unavoidable because security choices must be made.

Related: US, Greece discuss new sanctions against Russia over threat to Ukraine

According to the minister, how the situation will develop further will become clear after next week's talks between the US and Russia.

As we reported, the North Atlantic Council will hold an emergency meeting because of the Russian Federation's troop build-up near Ukraine's borders on January 7, 2022.

Recently Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, invited Moscow to the NATO-Russia meeting.

Related: Ukrainian, Czech Foreign Ministers agree to assume joint measures against Russian aggression

Besides, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia that its attack on Ukraine would come at a high price called for a return to a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

Russia suggested ways for NATO countries to defuse tensions in Europe, which have arisen, among other things, because of Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry urged Washington to join Russia's unilateral moratorium on the deployment of land-based RIACs in Europe and to agree on and introduce the necessary measures to verify compliance with mutual obligations.

At the same time, Bloomberg reported that Russia keeps on amassing the military forces next to the Ukrainian border. According to this data, in November, the Russian command brought tanks, artillery and anti-aircraft defense units to the regions adjacent to the border with Ukraine.

Related: Ukraine, UK approved package of measures to restrain Russia

Besides, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that large-scale sanctions against the Russian Federation in case of its invasion of Ukraine are already ready.

 

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