Berlin. The leaders of the United States and several European countries, including Germany, reaffirmed their “unconditional” support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine and warned Russia against “serious consequences” in the event of an invasion of that country, they do so after they showed cracks.
The participants “agreed that Russia should take visible de-escalation initiatives” in this conflict, German Chancellor’s spokesman Olaf Scholz said after the video conference he attended with the leaders of the United States, France, Great Britain , Italy and Poland.
The celebration of this video conference was announced by the White House a little earlier in the day, when differences apparently arose in the Western area over the attitude towards adopting Russia.
This is especially true of Germany, which has been heavily criticized by Ukraine for its refusal to supply it with weapons, even defensive ones, as the United States, Great Britain or the Baltic countries do.
But also to the European Union whose High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, called to avoid a “nervous breakdown” regarding the expulsion of relatives of diplomats in Kiev, announced by the United States on Sunday.
Asked at the end of a meeting of foreign ministers about the possible withdrawal of European diplomatic staff in Ukraine, Borrell said that “it is necessary to remain calm and do what is necessary, but to have a nervous- to avoid collapse. “
Europeans were caught off guard on Sunday by the American decision.
Arriving at the meeting of foreign ministers, Borrell said that European capitals do not intend to withdraw diplomatic staff from Ukraine “because we do not know of any specific reason” and added that there is no need to ” not dramatize because negotiations are underway. “
They accuse Russia
In the video conference of Western leaders, attended by the NATO Secretary General, they expressed “great concern” about the concentration of Russian troops on the eastern border of Ukraine and accused Russia of causing the “current tension” , according to the German statement.
But they felt that “the issue of security and stability in Europe can be resolved through negotiation.”
They also “reiterated their readiness to pursue diplomatic efforts in this direction”, which began in January with several meetings between Western and Russian officials, without success so far.
President Joe Biden has assured that there is “total consensus with European leaders.”