Washington and its allies share concerns about the concentration of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Sunday rejected speculation that the U.S. response to Russia’s actions in Crimea has allowed Washington’s commitment to its commitments to be questioned.
“In the case of Crimea, in the case of Donbass, the United States at the time led a very significant international effort to do real damage and impose sanctions on Russia for its aggression in Crimea and Donbass,” the head of U.S. diplomacy said, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“What we don’t know is whether that has deterred Russia from doing more,” the secretary of state stressed. – I have to tell you that we have real concerns about Russia’s actions near Ukraine’s borders. Never since 2014, when Russia first invaded [Ukraine], have so many Russian forces been concentrated near those borders. That is why we are in close contact and close coordination with our allies and partners in Europe. We all share that concern.”
According to Blinken, President Biden has taken a very clear position on this issue: if Russia acts recklessly or aggressively, there will be a cost to Russia and no consequences.
“At the same time, [the president] has made clear that there are areas where our interests overlap or overlap and we are interested in working together,” the secretary of state recalled, noting that an example of such work was the extension of START III.