Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov issued his own warning when he told the Russian news agency: “If there is no constructive response within a reasonable time and the West continues on the aggressive line, Russia will have to take measures.”
Ahead of talks between the United States and Russia this week in Geneva, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken warned on Friday that the West was ready to respond forcefully if Russia stepped up its aggressive actions in Ukraine.
“We are ready to respond forcefully to the continuation of Russian aggression, although a diplomatic solution is still possible and preferable, if Russia so desires,” Blinken said at a State Department news conference in Washington.
Asked what the military response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine might be, he replied: “This will have massive consequences that will include particularly severe sanctions. We will also need to strengthen NATO and help Ukraine defend itself.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov issued his own warning when he told the Russian news agency: “If there is no constructive response within a reasonable time and the West continues on the offensive line, Russia will have to take measures to ensure thwarting threats against it and maintaining strategic balance.”
This week, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybkov are scheduled to meet in Geneva, and these talks will be attended by Assistant Secretary of State for Ukrainian Affairs Laura Cooper and General James Mingus, Chief of Operations at the US General Staff.