Thus said the President of the United States The consequences for Russia will be catastrophic He stressed that if President Putin decides to invade Ukraine, his country will send more US and NATO troops to defend Ukraine against Russian aggression.
Washington has announced that US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Danfried will visit Kiev and Moscow from December 13 to 15 amid mounting Russian-Ukrainian tensions.
Russian forces near the Ukrainian border (Archive – Reuters)
The US State Department said in a statement that Danfred would meet with government officials in Kiev and Moscow to discuss “increasing Russia’s military capabilities” and “strengthening US commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.”
He added: “Dunfried will insist that diplomatic progress can be achieved by implementing the Minsk Accords with the support of the Normandy Formula and ending the conflict in Donbass.”
The Foreign Ministry added that Danfried will visit Brussels on December 15 and 16 to consult with NATO allies and EU allies on the Ukraine issue.
On Saturday, during a meeting of the Group of Seven in the United Kingdom, the United States reiterated Russia’s call for an end to tensions with Ukraine, stressing that major Western powers were ready to impose “severe” sanctions on Moscow in the event of an attack.
A U.S. official in Liverpool, north of the UK, who is due to attend a meeting of foreign ministers until Sunday, said the new Ukrainian crisis could still be resolved “through diplomacy”.
Washington, Europeans and Kiev have accused Moscow of preparing for a possible invasion of Ukraine for weeks, which the Kremlin denies.
Despite the increased tension, Presidents Biden and Putin decided to appoint their committees to pursue the file to examine the success of the diplomatic effort. The arrival of Karen Dunfried is the first step on this path.
The Seven Group includes Germany, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom.
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