Russia-Ukraine crisis: NATO will be ready if talks with Moscow fail – Jens Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that Western powers were bracing for the possibility that high-stakes talks with Russia could break down, and that the alliance was reinforcing military capabilities along its eastern flank as well as readying potentially crippling…

Russia-Ukraine crisis: NATO will be ready if talks with Moscow fail - Jens Stoltenberg

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that Western powers were bracing for the possibility that high-stakes talks with Russia could break down, and that the alliance was reinforcing military capabilities along its eastern flank as well as readying potentially crippling economic sanctions should Moscow attack Ukraine.

Stoltenberg’s remarks, following a videoconference of NATO foreign affairs ministers, delivered a pointed warning to the Kremlin ahead of a week of diplomatic talks — in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna — that were set off by a major Russian military mobilization on the Ukrainian border, and by threats from President Vladimir Putin and other top Russian officials of an invasion should the United States and NATO allies not accede to a long list of security demands.

“NATO will engage in dialogue with Russia in good faith and on substance,” Stoltenberg said in his opening remarks at a news conference. “But we must also be prepared for the possibility that diplomacy will fail.”

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