Russia’s military build-up in and around Ukraine: EU and US remain in close contact

Russia’s military build-up in and around Ukraine: EU and US remain in close contact

January 13, 2022

On 12 January, European External Action Service Secretary-General Stefano Sannino and US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met in Brussels to discuss Russia’s military build-up in and around Ukraine and related diplomatic efforts.

This follows previous contacts between EU High Representative Josep Borrell and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, as well as Deputy Secretary Sherman’s debrief to the EU Political and Security Committee in Brussels on Tuesday on the US-Russia talks in Geneva earlier this week.

Sannino and Sherman reconfirmed EU and US support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity and emphasised the need for Russia to de-escalate and fully implement the Minsk agreements. They underlined that any further military aggression against Ukraine will have massive consequences and severe cost.

The EU and US remain in close contact and continue their interactions at various levels as part of enduring partnership and shared commitment to Transatlantic security and cooperation.

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