Blinken warns of consequences if Russian Federation acts aggressively towards Ukraine

Ukraine is seeking'practical support from Western powers

Biden had "voiced our concerns over the sudden Russian military build-up in occupied Crimea and on Ukraine's borders, and called on Russia to de-escalate tensions", the statement said.

Amid the recent tensions, the United States notified Turkey that two USA warships would sail to the Black Sea on April 14 and April 15 and stay there until May 4 and May 5.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov denounced the latest deployment as "openly provocative", adding that "American ships have absolutely nothing to do near our shores". "This could be. a new round of sanctions, which would raise the price of Russian aggression", Kuleba said.

The visit comes three weeks after Blinken was in Brussels for a summit with his counterparts from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states.

Ryabkov's remarks suggest that the diplomatic niceties which the former Cold War enemies have generally sought to observe in recent decades is fraying, and that Russian Federation would robustly push back against what it regards as unacceptable USA interference in its sphere of influence.

Tensions have soared in recent days over Russian movements at the Ukrainian border, with the United States saying that troop levels are at their highest since 2014 when war first broke out with Moscow-backed separatists. "We warn the USA that it should stay away from Crimea and our Black Sea coast for their own benefit". "Russia must end this military buildup in and around Ukraine, stop its provocations and deescalate immediately".

The Kremlin has argued that Russian Federation is free to deploy its troops wherever it wants on its territory and has repeatedly accused the Ukrainian military of "provocative actions" along the line of control in the east and of planning to retake control of the rebel regions by force.

Blinken's schedule Tuesday includes talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

But while highlighting the support of NATO, Kuleba also said, "Should Russia take any reckless move or start a new spiral of violence, it will be costly in all senses".

Kuleba said Kyiv wanted a diplomatic solution.

"At the operational level, we need measures which will deter Russian Federation and which will contain its aggressive intentions". We support Ukraine's posture of restraint. "The United States is committed to rebuilding US alliances, particularly with our NATO Allies", Blinken Tweeted on Monday.

Separately, two diplomats said Stoltenberg would chair a video conference with allied defence and foreign ministers on Wednesday.

Austin, on a visit to Berlin, said the United States would ramp up its forces in Germany in light of the friction with Moscow, abandoning former President Donald Trump's plans to withdraw about round 12,000 of the 36,000 troops from there.

Ukraine is seeking "practical" support from Western powers.



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