US Says “All Options” on Table Regarding Reinforcement of Russian Troops Near Ukraine

All options are on the table on how to respond to the “large and unusual” troop build-up near the Ukrainian border, and the NATO alliance will decide on the next decision after next week’s consultations. , said the top American diplomat in charge of European affairs. Friday.

“As you can understand, all the options are on the table and there is a toolkit that includes a whole range of options,” Deputy Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried said at the meeting. ‘a telephone briefing.

“Now it is up to the alliance to decide what next steps NATO wants to take,” she said, speaking ahead of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to Latvia and Sweden next week to attend NATO and the Organization for Security and Cooperation. in Europe (OSCE), where she said the formation of “large and unusual” troops in Moscow would be high on the agenda.

U.S., NATO and Ukrainian officials have sounded the alarm bells in recent weeks over what they see as unusual Russian troop movements closer to Ukraine, suggesting Moscow may be on the verge of launching an attack on its neighbor, accusations Russia has dismissed as alarmist.

When asked if Blinken was going to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Stockholm, Donfried replied that she had no announcement to make on such a bilateral deal, but added: “Stay tuned “.

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