“While the German government is facing criticism for refusing to supply arms to Ukraine, I have no doubt about Germany’s determination to confront Russia,” US Ambassador Anthony Blinken assured Sunday.
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“I can tell you that the Germans fully share our concerns and are determined to respond by presenting the United Front firmly and quickly, effectively and efficiently,” Blinken told German Chancellor Olaf Schల్lz on Thursday.
“I have no doubt about it,” the American secretary of state, who was questioned on the NBC channel over the high-level German resignation over Russia’s showdown with the West over Ukraine, added.
“Based on the many consultations I have had with our European allies and partners, I fully believe that there will be an immediate, calibrated and united response if Russia invades Ukraine,” he said.
“I am convinced that there will be a united response to whatever Russia does,” he said, adding that he was part of Ukraine when asked about the possibility of conflict between Europeans if only Russia attacked.
Mr Blinken also responded to criticism from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky, who recently called on the West to impose sanctions on Russia.
“The purpose of these sanctions is to prevent Russian aggression,” he told CNN.
“Everything we do, including working with Europe for Russia, is designed to prevent and prevent aggression, despite the fact that (Russian) President Vladimir Putin’s calculations continue and at the same time continue our diplomatic efforts.” .
Now imposed, such sanctions “lose their inhibitory effect,” he added.
In an interview with the Washington Post published on Thursday, Mr. Zhelensky protested that Western sanctions could only be envisaged in the context of aggression. “If there is an attack on Ukraine, why do you support sanctions on Russia?” Why do you need sanctions when we have completely lost the territory of Ukraine? ”