US warns Russia of sanctions, increased NATO presence, increased aid to Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

At the same time, the United States will welcome genuine progress in defusing the situation around Ukraine through diplomacy
08:54, 11 January 2022

Wendy Sherman

If Russia attacks Ukraine, it will face not only new sanctions but also a stronger NATO presence in Europe, as well as increased military aid to Kyiv as the US State Department reported citing Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman after talks in Geneva with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

“If Russia further invades Ukraine, there will be significant costs and consequences well beyond what they faced in 2014. You’ve seen statements from NATO, from the G7, from the European Council.  We are very well aligned.  Those costs will include financial sanctions, and it’s been reported those sanctions will include key financial institutions, export controls that target key industries, enhancement of NATO force posture on allied territory, and increased security assistance to Ukraine,” Sherman underlined.

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She also noted that it was Russia that invaded Ukraine in 2014, and it is Russia that continues to fuel the war in the Donbas that has killed nearly 14,000 Ukrainians. And now it is Russia's actions that are causing a new crisis, not only for Ukraine, but for all of Europe.

At the same time, the United States would welcome genuine progress on this issue through diplomacy. However, it is only possible under conditions of de-escalation as Sherman added.

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We remind that the first round of US-Russia talks concluded in Geneva on the evening of January 9. The meeting lasted two hours. The second round of dialogue began on January 10 and lasted over 7.5 hours. The meeting took place on the premises of the US Permanent Mission in Geneva. During the consultations, the sides took several breaks.


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