Next steps after NATO-Russia meeting will be critical to security in Europe - Truss

Next steps after NATO-Russia meeting will be critical to security in Europe - Truss

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What happens next after the NATO-Russia Council talks will be absolutely critical to peace and security in Europe, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said.

She commented on the results of a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council held in Brussels on January 12, according to the UK government's website.

According to Truss, the UK and its allies made clear to Russia that its military build-up on the border of Ukraine and in illegally annexed Crimea is unacceptable.

Truss stressed that her country condemns Russia's aggression and destabilizing activity.

"A further military incursion into Ukraine would be a massive strategic mistake and come with a severe cost on Russia’s economy, including coordinated sanctions. The quagmire of a long-running conflict would cost lives and damage communities on both sides. This is the reality of armed conflict, as we have seen before," she said.

Truss noted that Russia is in violation of its commitments through its recent actions on the borders of Ukraine and in illegally annexed Crimea. She recalled that the UK and its allies are united in their support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and they are pushing back against the Kremlin's threatening behavior.

"What happens next will be absolutely critical to peace and security in Europe. The only way forward is for Russia to de-escalate and engage in meaningful discussions," Truss said.

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