At the NATO meeting in Latvia, the USA and other member states warned Russia against an attack on Ukraine. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke of “serious consequences” should another attack take place.

US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said on November 30, 2021 in the Latvian capital Riga that a “renewed attack” by Russia on Ukraine would “have serious consequences”.

 USA and Germany warn Vladimir Putin of attack on the Ukraine

NATO accuses Russia of bringing up to 100,000 soldiers, tanks and other heavy equipment to the border with Ukraine for the second time this year.

 USA and Germany warn Vladimir Putin of attack on Ukraine

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, warned the alliance against crossing” red lines “. Putin emphasized that if NATO is really interested in improved relations, “nobody needs to feel threatened”.

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  • is aboutIn Latvia, the NATO states called on Russia to “reduce” the tension in Ukraine.

  • The situation is reminiscent of the incident in 2014, when Russia became part of Ukraine Black Sea Peninsula annexed Crimea.

  • At the NATO meeting, Germany emphasized that “honest and sustainable steps towards de-escalation” are now important.

Before the NATO meeting in Latvia, the US and Germany warned Russia against an attack on Ukraine. US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said on Tuesday in the Latvian capital Riga that a “renewed attack would have serious consequences”. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) declared that Russia would “pay a high price” for any form of aggression.

At the opening of the meeting of foreign ministers, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on Russia to «reduce tensions». NATO accuses Russia of bringing up to 100,000 soldiers, tanks and other heavy equipment to the border with Ukraine for the second time this year. The military alliance fears a repetition of the situation from 2014: At that time, Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which belongs to Ukraine. Relations with Moscow have been at a low point since then.

De-escalation should «only take place through discussions»

Blinken said in Riga that experts had warned of a possible Russian military intervention in Ukraine at the beginning of the year. But so far this has not occurred. In NATO, this is also attributed to the Alliance's backing for Ukraine.

Before leaving for Riga, Maas emphasized that “honest and sustainable steps towards de-escalation” are now important. They could “only lead through conversations”. For the SPD politician, it will be the last NATO meeting before handing over the baton to his designated successor Annalena Baerbock (Greens) at the beginning of December.

Maas and the other foreign ministers of the 30 NATO countries want to discuss the conflict with Moscow with their Ukrainian colleague Dmitri Kuleba at the two-day meeting in Riga. The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, had previously warned the alliance not to cross “red lines”. In Moscow he again expressed concern about US-led naval maneuvers in the Black Sea. Putin emphasized that if NATO is really interested in improved relations, “nobody needs to feel threatened”.

Belarus is also a topic of conversation

at NATO Council should also address the conflict with Belarus. The Lithuanian foreign minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis, accused Russia of “destabilizing” Ukraine and “creeping annexation of Belarus”. The message from NATO to Moscow must therefore be: «The eastern flank will be defended.»

Lithuania, Latvia and Poland accuse Russia of being behind the refugee conflict with Belarus. In addition to NATO, the EU is also accusing the Belarusian ruler, Alexander Lukashenko, of deliberately smuggling migrants from the Middle East to the external borders. The Russian President, Putin, is a close ally of Lukashenko.

How much longer will Putin stay?

According to his own statement, Vladimir Putin does not yet know whether he will continue to govern after 2024. “According to the constitution, I have the right to be elected for a new term,” said the 69-year-old Kremlin chief on Tuesday at an economic forum. “I haven't yet decided for myself whether I'll do that or not.” But the mere possibility of continuing to govern beyond 2024 would stabilize Russia's domestic political situation, said Putin.

A controversial constitutional amendment, which the Russians voted on last year, theoretically allows Putin two more terms in office until 2036 he is 84 years old. Under the old constitution, he should have left the Kremlin in 2024. The biggest constitutional amendment in Russian history, however, resulted in the cancellation of Putin's previous terms in office since 2000. Opposition members spoke of abuse of power at the time.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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