British Foreign Secretary Liz Tras again warned Russia on Thursday that any invasion of Ukraine would be a costly mistake, but welcomed Moscow’s willingness to start talks.
“Any Russian invasion would be a huge strategic mistake and will be dealt with vigorously, including coordinated sanctions with our allies, which would incur a great cost to Russia’s interests and economy,” she said in a statement.
“The only way out of the current situation for Russia is dialogue, and I welcome the fact that Russia has stated that it is ready to start talks in January,” she said.
The Kremlin denies planning an invasion and says the West is occupied by Russophobia. Moscow says NATO expansion threatens Russia and has failed to live up to the assurances given to it when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
Russian, British Armed Forces Chiefs Discuss Global Security
The head of the Russian armed forces, Valery Gerasimov, in a telephone conversation with his British counterpart, Tony Radakin, discussed regional and global security, the Russian news agency TASS reported on Thursday, citing the Russian ministry.
“The two military leaders discussed regional security issues, bilateral military relations and agreed that it was important to continue contacts to better understand each other and to avoid mistakes,” the Pentagon said in a statement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also said today that Russia wants to avoid a confrontation with Ukraine and the West, but needs an “immediate” response from the United States and its allies to its demands for security guarantees.
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