Follow latest on Ukraine-Russia crisis
Fears that Russian president 弗拉基米尔普京 will decide to invade eastern Ukraine have been growing as Moscow is attempting to build pressure on the 我们 and West to promise that Kyiv will not join its Nato defensive alliance.
Russia has repeatedly dismissed the allegation by Kyiv that it would invade the country and denies a military build-up.
The US and UK on Thursday renewed warnings to Mr Putin against any attempt to invade Ukraine.
Speaking in Taunton, Boris Johnson offered support to the beleaguered ally, 说: “If Russia were to make any kind of incursion into Ukraine on any scale whatever I think that would be a disaster for not just for Russia, it would be a disaster for the world”.
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to meet with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva today with the goal of achieving a “diplomatic off-ramp” to ease tensions, according to State Department officials.
West would punish Russia, 不 10 警告
The west would punish Russia if it took any “destabilising action” in Ukraine, Downing Street says.
A spokesman for Boris Johnson said the prime minister welcomed today’s talks, 添加: “I think that the Prime Minister has been clear that any destabilising action by Russia in Ukraine would be a strategic mistake and would have significant consequences.
“I’ve talked about the fact that we’re working closely with our partners, including the US, to draw up a package of sweeping measures to make sure that the Russian government is punished if it crosses the line.”
Russia invites British defence minister to Moscow
As the UK continues to mount pressure on Russia amid the threat of invasion of Ukraine, the Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu has invited his British counterpart Ben Wallace to visit Moscow.
The invitation was to hold talks on security and easing tensions in Europe, the Interfax news agency cited the ministry as saying on Friday.
This week, Mr Wallace had extended a similar invitation to Mr Shoigu, inviting him to visit London to discuss issues related to mutual security concerns amid a standoff between Moscow and the West over Ukraine and its Nato aspirations.
Blinken demands release of two US citizens held in Russia
Antony Blinken has demanded the release of Paul Whelan and Trevor Reed, two US citizens detained in Russia, during the talks with his Russian counterpart in Geneva.
The US secretary of state raised the cases and repeated Washington’s call for their release during his talks with Sergei Lavrov in Geneva.
The two American tourists were arrested and convicted in Russia without credible evidence, Mr Blinken said.
“We again ask Russia to do the right thing and let them come home,“ 他加了.
Whelan, who holds US, 英式, Canadian and Irish passports, was convicted of spying in June 2020 by a Russian court. He was sentenced to 16 入狱多年.
Reed was sentenced to nine years in jail after he was found guilty of endangering the lives of two policemen in Moscow in an inebriated condition in 2019.
Both deny any wrongdoing and remain in Russian prison.
Why would Russia invade Ukraine?
和 100,000 Russian troops stationed near the Ukrainian border, fears are growing that president 弗拉基米尔普京 will decide to invade.
The threat comes eight years after 俄罗斯 annexed Crimea and sparked fighting in the Donbass region of eastern 乌克兰, where a low-level conflict, which has killed more than 14,000 人们, is still rumbling on between Kyiv and separatists.
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Lavrov demands ‘concrete answers’ to proposal in Geneva
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov echoed Antony Blinken’s remarks that Moscow did not “expect a breakthrough at these negotiations either”.
But what Russia expects is “concrete answers to our concrete proposals”, 他说.
Moscow has demanded a written answer to their proposal calling for concessions from Nato over the western alliance’s relationship with Ukraine, a former Soviet republic.
The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday laid out its planned agenda for the meeting: texts of two proposals by Moscow for new treaties with both the United States and Nato on security guarantees.
Blinken hails Geneva talks as ‘critical moment’
In his opening statement for highly anticipated talks in Geneva with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of state Antony Blinken said Washington does not expect to resolve its differences with Russia over Ukraine at talks in Geneva on Friday.
“This is a critical moment. You’re right: We don’t expect to resolve our differences here today,” Mr Blinken.
“But I do hope and expect that we can test whether the path of diplomacy, of dialogue, remains open. We’re committed to walking that path, to resolving our differences peacefully and I hope to test that proposition today,” Mr Blinken added.
Lavrov-Blinken meeting begins in Geneva
Russia ‘not afraid of US’, deputy foreign minister says
Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday that Russia is not “afraid of anyone, even not of the US”.
His response came in response to CBS News’s questions which asked if Russia was intimidated by Ukraine.Mr Ryabkob arrived in Geneva on Friday for a meeting with top US diplomats, including US secretary of state Antony Blinken.
Ahead of the highly anticipated meeting, the Kremlin said Mr Blinken and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov are meeting to take stock of the talks so far over the Ukraine situation and Russian officials are not expecting the US to hand over the formal reply to Russia’s proposal yet.
Moscow has sought a written reply from Washington to its demands on security guarantees.
Biden’s ‘minor incursion’ remark sparks concerns of Ukraine president
乔拜登 has said he thinks 俄罗斯 will make a move on 乌克兰, 警告 Moscow it would face a “stiff price” for an attack yet suggesting that a “minor incursion” might be treated differently by the US and its allies.
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US and EU warn Moscow of sanctions in case of aggression against Ukraine
Europeans are ‘united’ on Ukraine crisis: Spain’s foreign minister
Putting weight behind Ukraine, Spain’s foreign minister Jose Manuel Albares said Europeans have a united stance on the crisis situation in the country as Russia threatens invasion.
“Let’s give dialogue a chance. That is what Spain is pushing for. If dialogue does not bear fruit, 当然, Spain will stand with its European partners and its Nato allies united in deterrence,” he said on Friday in Madrid.
His statement came as Spain has sent warships to join Nato naval forces in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, defence minister Margarita Robles said.