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Blinken warned that the US is prepared to take action against Russia

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a file photo. EFE/EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, assured this Sunday that his country is prepared to take the measures that it has refrained from adopting in the past against Russia. if that country invades Ukraine.

“We are studying and we are prepared to take the kind of actions that we have refrained from taking in the past,” Blinken said in an interview on the network’s “Meet the Press” program. NBC.

The head of US diplomacy assured that this was “made very clear” by US President Joe Biden, to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and himself to his counterpart, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov.

Blinken admitted, however, that what is “preferable” is “diplomacy, dialogue and de-escalation.”

If Russia moves in that direction, then we can avoid having another crisis.”, he added.

Asked about the possibility of Germany suspending the operation of the Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which has not yet started operations and which aims to transport gas from Russia to German territory, Blinken admitted that “it is a source of influence” over Moscow.

File Image Of A Ukrainian Soldier Taking Part In A Military Exercise At A Training Camp Next To Crimea - Annexed By Russia - In The Kherson Region Of Ukraine.  November 17, 2021. Press Service Of The General Board Of The Armed Forces Of Ukraine/Delivery Via Reuters.  Attention Editors - This Image Was Provided By A Third Party.
File image of a Ukrainian soldier taking part in a military exercise at a training camp next to Crimea – annexed by Russia – in the Kherson region of Ukraine. November 17, 2021. Press Service of the General Board of the Armed Forces of Ukraine/delivery via . ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

This Sunday, the club of the richest democracies in the world, the G7, has unified its position to face the alleged Russian intention to attack Ukraine and has threatened Moscow with paying a “high cost” if it commits any hostile act.

“Russia should have no doubt that a new military aggression against Ukraine would have enormous consequences and a high cost in response,” the G7 members – the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan and Japan – said in a statement. Canada plus the European Union.

In the text, the alliance urges Putin to “de-escalate, resort to diplomatic channels and respect his international commitments on transparency of military activities”.

The US and Ukraine believe that Russia is preparing an incursion into Ukrainian territory that could take place in early 2022, and that is why it has deployed between 70,000 and 94,000 Russian soldiers on its border with the neighboring country, according to estimates by US and Kiev intelligence.

The Russian government denies this and has warned, for its part, of the danger of generating a new missile crisis in Europe, which is why it calls on NATO to refrain from placing modern weapons in Ukraine.

In its statement today, the G7 wanted to draw a clear red line on the inviolability of the borders of sovereign states, whether they be those of Ukraine or those of any other country.

(With information from EFE)

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