Manhattan (VG) on the border, at least 100,000 Russian troops are ready to attack Ukraine “at any time”. At the same time, Sweden imposed more security measures on Gotland. – I am very concerned, says Foreign Minister Anken Heitfeldt.
– It’s very dangerous because they have the ability and willingness to attack Ukraine, so it’s a very stressful situation, says Hoytfeldt inside Norway’s delegation to the United Nations in Manhattan, New York.
On Tuesday, news came from the White House that Russia “At what time” He might attack Ukraine.
And so the tragic situation on the border has worsened, and the world is holding its breath now as it tries Talks between the West and Russia are constantly taking place without results.
– I am very worried, says the Minister of Foreign Affairs and adds:
We see that they can attack if they want to, and there is a threat hanging over Ukraine. We stand behind them and stand in solidarity with them.
It will come at a price
The Secretary of State these days in New York Presiding over meetings of the United Nations Security Council, Where Norway assumes the presidency in January.
How will Norway respond to any possible attack?
It is important to stand with the allies, says Heuitfeldt, and the price will come with strong political and economic sanctions.
It was also announced, on Tuesday, that the Swedish Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersen, is arming and increasing preparedness as a result of the tragic situation at the border.
This week, pictures of military vehicles were also published Driving around Gotland.
– We talk to the Swedes and the Finns, says Huitfeldt.
Although they are not members of NATO, they are strongly opposed to an agreement that would prevent them from joining. They believe that this is their decision, and that this should not be decided by others.
“one for all all for one”
Norway also shares a border with Russia. If the Russians go so far as to invade Ukraine, does that mean Norway should take more security measures?
When asked whether it would be appropriate for Norway to strengthen security in the north, Hoytfeldt referred to the defense minister – but said generally that Norway has been working for several years to increase its presence in the north.
What separates Norway from the two neighbours, Sweden and Finland, is that we are a member of NATO. The International Defense Alliance is built on the principle of “one for all, all for one,” enshrined in Article 5 of the most famous of the 14 articles of the Atlantic Treaty.
US Secretary of State in Kiev
But international diplomacy is now working hard to prevent the situation from escalating further.
Norway has been clear that it wants Russia back to the negotiating table.
– The positive thing now is that there will be meetings, and this is what we wanted from NATO, Heitfeldt confirms.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken travels to Kiev on Wednesday for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
According to the plan, he will also meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva in an attempt to find a diplomatic solution to the tense situation between Ukraine and Russia, NTB wrote.
Fear of double attack
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin on Tuesday told NATO and foreign diplomats that Russia will take part in a joint military exercise with Belarusian defense next month, NTB writes.
Ukrainian speakers fear that Russia is in fact planning to attack the country from two fronts, a concern shared by the United States.
– The fact that we see such a transfer to Belarus, clearly gives Russia another chance if it decides to proceed with further military operations against Ukraine, says an anonymous US official, according to NTB.
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