Blinken names two paths to resolving Russian-Ukrainian conflict
There are two paths forward in the Russia-Ukraine conflict – that of dialogue and diplomacy, or that of confrontation, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote on Twitter on Jan. 9.
“As I explained to (CNN anchor) Jake Tapper this morning, there are two paths on Ukraine: a path of dialogue and diplomacy to resolve our differences and avoid confrontation, and a path of confrontation and massive consequences for Russia if it renews its aggression,” Blinken tweeted.
He again stated that the United States and the European Union were ready to impose sweeping sanctions against Russia if it steps up its aggression against Ukraine.
“Today, I reiterated to (ABC anchor) George Stephanopoulos our strong preference for a diplomatic resolution on Ukraine and underscored our readiness to impose severe and massive consequences, in coordination with our European allies and partners, if Russia renews its aggression,” the U.S. official said.
Russia has been waging a covert war on Ukraine since 2014, when it invaded and started to occupy Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. It then used its special forces to start a fake insurgency in Ukraine’s Donbas region, which Russian proxy forces continue to this day in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
Over 100,000 Russian troops are now deployed at the Russian-Ukrainian border, Ukrainian intelligence reports. There are fears that Russia may be preparing to invade more parts of Ukraine.
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