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World The risk of conflict in Ukraine is "real", warns Jens Stoltenberg

22:05  07 january  2022
22:05  07 january  2022 Source:   parismatch.com

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NATO is concerned about the "real" risk of conflict in Ukraine with the continuation of Russian military strengthening at its borders, and must prepare for failure From diplomacy, warned Friday the Secretary General of the Jens Stoltenberg Alliance.

  Le risque de conflit en Ukraine est «réel», avertit Jens Stoltenberg © Reuters / Johanna Geron

NATO is concerned about the "real" risk of conflict in Ukraine with the continuation of Russian military strengthening at its borders, and must prepare for a failure of diplomacy, warned Friday the Secretary General of the Jens Stoltenberg Alliance. "The military strengthening of Russia continues around Ukraine and is accompanied by a threatening speech by Moscow if its requirements are not accepted. However, they are unacceptable and the risk of a new conflict is real," said Mr. Stoltenberg at the end of a videoconferencing meeting with the foreign ministers of the Alliance countries.

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The Kremlin made public at the end of last year two proposals for Treaties engaging NATO to exclude any future accession of Ukraine and to reduce forces near borders with Russia. "It is out of the question that NATO is transferable on the principle of the law of each nation to choose its own path, including the type of security agreement that it wants to be part," said Jens Stoltenberg.

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of the American-Russian talks must open Monday in Geneva to defuse the risk of a Russian intervention in Ukraine. Moscow also agreed to participate on Wednesday at a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council, the first since the summer of 2019. "This is a positive signal because the tensions are high," said Jens Stoltenberg. But the allies pose conditions. "The Russian government must conduct de-escalation, pursue diplomatic channels and meet its transparency commitments on military activities," said British Foreign Ministers Liz Truss. His Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau said that "the talks with Russia can not take place in a climbing situation towards Ukraine and NATO".

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"We need to prepare for the perspective that the consultation fails"

"No discussion on the security of Europe will be held without the Europeans at the negotiating table," added Jens Stoltenberg. The leader of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken, on his side promised Kiev that there would be "no discussion about Ukraine without Ukraine". "The whole geopolitical situation in the region imposes that Europe, the European Union, can propose its vision of things, act and put around the table with all stakeholders," said Friday French President Emmanuel Macron at a meeting in Paris with the members of the European Commission presided over by the German Ursula von der Leyen. "We need to prepare for the perspective that the consultation fails," warned Jens Stoltenberg.

"If Russia decides to use military means against a neighbor, it will be struck by severe economic and political sanctions," he also said. But NATO will not intervene militarily, because Ukraine is not a member country of the Alliance, he repeated. "Ukraine is a partner, but is not covered by the collective defense clause between the 30 allies," he said. However, the Alliance is preparing to strengthen its military presence on its side is. "We have meaningful abilities," said Jens Stoltenberg, reminding that NATO had a rapid reaction force of 40,000 men.

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Friday, the leader of American diplomacy Anthony Blinken has assured at a press conference in Washington a "diplomatic solution" with Russia "is still possible", if Moscow plays the game of dialogue, for Defuse the crisis around Ukraine. "We are ready to respond with force to a new Russian aggression. But a diplomatic solution is still possible, and preferable, if Russia chooses this path," he said before a week of talks between the West and Moscow .

He added that the United States will not be "distracted" by the Russian requirements to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO. "Russia now requires that the United States and NATO to sign treaties to remove NATO forces stationed on the ground of allies in Central and Eastern Europe, and to prohibit Ukraine joining NATO. And wants to train us in a debate on NATO rather than focusing on the hot subject that is his aggression against Ukraine. We will not let us distract from that, "he added.

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"disturbing": Russia and the West, according to the Kreml, continues "completely opposite" positions. The German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock wants to convey. © ap / dpa / picture alliance Russian soldiers in a military exercise near to the border of Ukraine despite the diplomatic crisis talks on Ukraine conflict recently, the Kreml sees no approach between Russia and the West. In terms of fundamental questions still "completely opposite" positions.

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