US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has stated that Russia could face not only new economic, but also military consequences if it attacks Ukraine. Blinken made this statement on Swedish public television on December 5, the press service of the State Department reports.
"We’ve been very clear that there would be serious, serious consequences. We’re looking, for example, at economic measures that would have a very high impact and things that we have refrained from doing in the past when we’ve had profound differences with Russia," Blinken said.
He also emphasized the importance of providing Ukraine with the capacity to defend itself, something the United States and many other countries have been helping with in recent years.
"And the NATO alliance itself – a defensive alliance, a transparent alliance – if NATO’s defensive capacities need to be reinforced as a result of Russian aggression – I just came from the NATO summit – we’ll do that as well," he said.
As we reported earlier, Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov called on the UK, Canada and the United States to deploy their troops in the south and east of Ukraine.
Canada, the United States and Britain should jointly and swiftly provide military support to Ukraine in its standoff with Russia, Ukraine’s defence minister said in an interview, warning that steps to deter Russian President Vladimir Putin from invading were necessary now because “it will be too late after.”