The international community is deeply concerned by Russia’s military build-up along its southwestern border with Ukraine. According to Ukrainian as well as Western analysts, it is unknown if such military maneuvers mean a message to the West, in particular, the Biden’s administration, or Russia is actually preparing for a full-scale war on the Ukrainian territory. But in case Russia dares to invade, it will face a strong reaction from the world.
For now, the leaders and official representatives of most civilized countries criticize such acts of provocation by Russian military against Ukraine and reaffirm their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as readiness to provide the country with political, financial and military support.
USA. US State Department spokesperson Ned Price during a news briefing on Tuesday:
“Russia is the aggressor here. We have seen no indication that Ukraine is engaging in provocations or escalating tensions. What we have seen is a Russian disinformation campaign designed to falsely blame Ukraine for the Kremlin’s own actions. USA will continue to support Ukraine.”
In view of the above, the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Menendez discussed the increase in military assistance to Ukraine in a phone call with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba on April 20. Bob Menendez called Russia’s aggression against Ukraine “unacceptable for the United States and the civilized world” and assured that “any new stage of aggression will have grave consequences for Moscow”. He also stressed that the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee is going to approve the Ukraine Security Partnership Act, which provides for an increase in annual military aid, including the provision of lethal weapons.
“Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is unacceptable for the United States and the civilized world” – the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Menendez
Poland and the USA. In a telephone conversation between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Zbigniew Rau and the US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken the parties expressed their concern over the situation near Ukraine’s border with Russia and agreed that it is necessary to continue supporting Ukraine in the face of Russia’s aggression. They also stated that actions – including sanctions measures – must be taken to persuade the Russian Federation to ease tensions in its relations with Ukraine and to fully commit itself to implement the Minsk agreements.
The EU. The EU High Representative Josep Borrell stressed that
the EU and its allies must “continue to urge Russia to de-escalate and defuse tensions, and push back on Russia’s attempts to portray itself as a mediator, rather than a party to the conflict. At the Foreign Affairs Council, we have sent a clear signal of our collective support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in front of Russia’s military deployment and its continued negative actions and provocations.”
The UK. The U.K. is planning to deploy vessels to the Black Sea region in May amid tensions between Russia and Ukraine. By doing so the Royal Navy expresses solidarity with Kyiv and NATO allies.
Latvia. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs in his interview for Latvia’s radio LR4 affirmed Latvia’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and commented on the measures to be taken in case Russia crossed the so-called red lines:
“If somebody crosses those red lines, that will be considered as an act of aggression against Ukraine and will be followed by sectoral economic sanctions. In contrast to these new sanctions, the ongoing restrictions will appear a cakewalk to the Kremlin.”
Moreover, a stance of solidarity and support towards Ukraine was reaffirmed by the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America; the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania; the President of Finland; Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria; the officials of the State of Israel; the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and еhis is an incomplete list of Ukraine’s allies.
Therefore, if Russia risks to start a new war with Ukraine, it should be ready to face serious consequences that will be devastating for ordinary Russians. Although Russia has created an image of “powerful empire” for its citizens, that is far from the truth and the impact of anti-Russian sanctions is significantly greater than is promoted through the Russian media.