Antony Blinken agreed with his European counterparts on mechanisms to “deter any Russian aggression against Ukraine.”

Antony Blinken spoke with his European counterparts about the tension on the border between Russia and Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke by phone this Wednesday with his French counterparts, Jean-Yves Le Drian; Germany, Annalena Baerbock; and United Kingdom, Elizabeth Truss, on the increase in tension in Ukraine due to the movements of Russian troops on the border with that country in recent weeks.

This was confirmed in a statement by the State Department spokesman, Ned Price, who explained that they discussed the importance of “continued coordination to deter any Russian aggression against Ukraine.”

The functionaries “Affirmed the consensus among allies and partners to impose massive consequences and severe costs on Russia for such actions,” he jotted down the note.

They also “reaffirmed their unwavering support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

Tension grows on the border between Russia and Ukraine
Tension grows on the border between Russia and Ukraine

The conversation took place a day before the president of the United States, Joe Biden, and the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, talk by phone.

In recent weeks there has been an escalation of tensions in the region in the face of a possible Russian attack against Ukraine, which According to Ukrainian and American sources, it could occur in early 2022.

Russia has denied preparing for an offensive and he has stated that the West pays too much attention to the movement of troops within the Russian borders.

During the conversation, diplomatic chiefs also addressed “shared concerns” about progress on Iran’s nuclear program, warning that “time is running out” for Tehran to return to the Jcpoa pact.

That pact, reached in 2015 between Iran and the 5 + 1 (China, the US, France, the United Kingdom and Russia plus Germany), aimed to limit the nuclear activities of the Persian country. Washington unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and a year later Tehran began to bypass the limits imposed on its nuclear program.

The presidents of the USA and Russia will talk again this Thursday
The presidents of the USA and Russia will talk again this Thursday

On the other hand, diplomatic leaders expressed their “solidarity” with Lithuania in the face of “increasing political pressure and economic coercion” from China and they rejected those practices.

Lithuania has warned that its exports to China are not cleared through customs and that its import requests are being held back.

China decided on November 21 to “lower” its diplomatic relations with Lithuania to the level of charge d’affaires. in protest at the opening of a Taiwanese representative office in Vilnius.

In this Wednesday’s call, diplomatic officials also agreed on the importance of the electoral process in Libya “moving forward without delay.”

On December 22, the Supreme Electoral Commission of Libya proposed to postpone the presidential and legislative elections scheduled for December 24 for one month, after alleging that the discrepancies between the political and judicial power over the candidacies make the process impossible.

(With information from EFE)


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