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NATO: the conflict in Ukraine is a very high risk of war

A few days before the meeting with Russia, Stoltenberg, assures that diplomatic channels may be useless.

Cesar Romero
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Since the beginning of the conflict, the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, for the first time recognized the probability that the diplomatic channel will not be effective between Ukraine and Russia.

The NATO chief maintained that the danger of a war between the two nations is real, particularly after the movement of Russian soldiers on the border and Moscow's warmongering "speech".

His warnings came towards the end of the Atlantic Alliance foreign ministers meeting, in which there was a more hypothetical than earthly debate about this emergency.

The ambassadors agreed that an attack on Ukraine would have a very high cost for Russia, although they did not name such consequences.

Strategies to curb tension in Eastern Europe have doubled lately, although with no obvious progress.

The most recent US proposal appears to include a synchronized decrease in US and Russian soldiers in the locality to reinforce understanding and advance an armed slowdown.

Delegations from the White House and the Kremlin will meet in Europe on Monday before the meeting between Russia and NATO next Wednesday in Brussels, in which the allies put their expectations on an understanding.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken called his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba yesterday to promise that there will be no negotiations on Ukraine without Ukraine.

After the Council of Ministers, Stoltenberg clarified that NATO will engage in a good faith conversation with Russia, however, we must be vigilant in the face of the probability of diplomacy failure.

The head of the Alliance focused on the fact that the foreign ministers had sent an important and united message to keep the path of dialogue open.

The European Union

The NATO chief assured the ministers that any meeting on the security of Europe — in reference to next Wednesday's meeting with the Kremlin — will have the presence of Europeans, taking into account the message of the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, that decision-making on Ukraine "must not bypass" the European Union.

However, Stoltenberg insisted that there is no security on the functionality of the diplomatic channel, because the increase in Russian military forces in the border area has not decreased, but has increased with the arrival of armored vehicles and electronic equipment.

"Combined with the threatening rhetoric and the historic exercise of force that Russia has carried out these years, as could be seen in Georgia, they add up to form the message that there is a serious risk of a new armed conflict in Europe," he concluded showing concern.