NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has warned Russia that it will “pay a heavy price” for any military aggression against Ukraine.
Stoltenberg said, during a press conference held on Tuesday before the NATO foreign ministers’ talks in Riga, that the West has already shown that it can impose economic, financial and political sanctions on Russia.
“Russia will have to pay a heavy price if force is again used against the independence of the Ukrainian nation,” Stoltenberg added.
In turn, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a press conference before the meeting: “Any escalatory Russian measures would be a source of great concern to the United States…Any renewed aggression would have dire repercussions.”
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky claimed on November 13 that Russia had amassed about 100,000 fighters on the border with Ukraine.
And the US Department of Defense announced that it is following up on the Russian military movements “which raise concerns” near the Ukrainian border.
On Sunday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that Russia had no intention of attacking Ukraine or any other party, saying that the hysteria fueled by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and the Western media was baseless.
The Secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, also announced that Russia will continue to monitor the movements of NATO and Ukraine on its borders, and stated that Moscow informed Washington that it does not pursue any aggressive plans towards Kiev.
Source: “Reuters” + agencies