24. jan 2022 at 21:40 I Updated at 6:35
European leaders have confirmed a united approach to Moscow.
KIEV. The United States is united with its European allies on Russia’s threat to Ukraine. After a video discussion with European leaders, the American president announced this on Monday evening Joe Bidenwrites the AFP agency.
“We had a very good meeting,” Biden said after an 80-minute videoconference, saying that there was “absolute unity” among the Allies on the issue of Ukraine. British Prime Minister’s Office Boris Johnson after talks on Monday, she said that “leaders have agreed on the importance of international unity in view of the growing Russian threat”.
According to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, he is at RussiaNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg again warned of “serious consequences” if “any further aggression” by Moscow against Ukraine took place. NATO’s leaders, France, also took part in the video call. ItalianPoland and the European Union.
Tensions between Russia and the Western bloc countries have increased in recent weeks over the transfer of Russian troops to Ukraine’s borders. However, Moscow rejects any claims about planning an invasion of Ukraine.
Borrell wants to avoid panic
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell called on Monday to “not dramatize” the situation as talks continue to reduce tensions in Ukraine.
Borrell does not think that the European representation in Kiev should limit its activities – despite the United States starting to evacuate its staff from Ukraine.
The head of European diplomacy noted that “we do not know the exact reason” for which the US decided to withdraw part of its personnel from Ukraine. He admitted that his American colleague Antony Blinken may have more information about developments in Ukraine.
After talks with Blinken, Borrell sought to allay Western concerns about the Ukrainian crisis. “We know very well what the threat is and how we need to respond. There is no doubt that we need to avoid panic reactions,” Borrell said, calling for calm.
Germany has recently joined the United States, Australia and Britain, which have decided to withdraw some of their staff in Ukraine.
Ukraine called such an evacuation premature. Her diplomacy department said in a statement that there were 129 foreign embassies and consulates in Ukraine and that all others in Kiev had assured that they were not planning an evacuation.
American soldiers on standby
The United States also announced on Monday that it is putting 8,500 of its troops in a state of “increased alert” for the situation in Ukraine. Washington has warned that Russia “is not currently planning to de-escalate” the situation.
According to the US Department of Defense, however, the possible deployment of these troops will occur only if NATO decides to activate the so-called rapid reaction force, or if the situation on the Ukrainian border, where Russian troops are gathering, changes.
By deploying troops on “increased alert”, the United States primarily wants to reassure its allies. According to US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby, Washington does not plan to deploy these troops to Ukraine.