British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated Friday there was “nonetheless an opportunity to keep away from pointless bloodshed” that might comply with any Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Downing Avenue stated that Russia continued to strengthen its forces massed on Ukraine’s borders, regardless of denials from Moscow, suggesting that 7,000 troops had bolstered Russian positions, studies AFP.
Washington estimates that as much as 190,000 troops, together with pro-Moscow separatist fighters in Ukraine’s east, might be able to invade Russia’s pro-Western neighbour.
“There may be nonetheless an opportunity to keep away from pointless bloodshed, however it is going to require an amazing show of Western solidarity past something now we have seen in latest historical past,” Johnson stated in a press release forward of attending the Munich Safety Convention.
“Allies want to talk with one voice to emphasize to President Putin the excessive value he can pay for any additional Russian invasion of Ukraine. Diplomacy can nonetheless prevail.”
The annual summit has this 12 months centered on mounting fears that Russia will invade Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is because of meet US Vice President Kamala Harris for talks Saturday.
Russia, which usually attends the convention, just isn’t attending this 12 months.