UK, US warn Russia against military interference into Ukraine

15:46, 30 November 2021
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UK’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on Tuesday issued a warning addressed to Moscow in which the official said that Russia’s incursion into Ukraine would be a strategic mistake.

Truss claimed that the beliefs regarding NATO’s provoking Russia are spurious. The speech came ahead of a summit of NATO’s ministers in Latvia.

The Foreign Secretary said: “We want a world where freedom and democracy don’t just survive, they thrive.”

“Any suggestion that NATO is provoking the Russians is clearly false. Any action by Russia to undermine the freedom and democracy that our partners enjoy would be a strategic mistake,” Truss added.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also expressed concerns about Russia’s massive military presence on the border, evaluating a large number of Russian troops and hardware as “unusual.”

“Any escalatory actions by Russia would be a great concern to the United States… and any renewed aggression would trigger serious consequences,” Blinken said at a conference before the NATO meeting.

The media have been reporting the increase of Russia's military which started at the end of October. According to sources, the expansion began after Russia had finished large joint military exercises with Belarus Zapad 2021. Moscow denied all the accusations regarding this issue.

Earlier President of Ukraine Volodimir Zelensky said that a group of Russia-backed people were preparing a massive power overthrow in Ukraine. The Kremlin described such claims as misinformation and said there was an ongoing targeted campaign against Russia in which the American media were involved.