LONDON (AFP) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday (Dec 13) held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling him to “de-escalate tensions” with Ukraine, Downing Street mentioned.
The British chief echoed concern from the G-7 on Sunday concerning the build-up of Russian forces on the border, urging a diplomatic answer to the stand-off, his workplace mentioned.
Mr Johnson’s intervention comes after a two-day assembly of the G-7 nations wherein the grouping’s prime diplomats warned Moscow of “massive consequences” if it invades the previous Soviet state.
Direct contact between London and Moscow has been uncommon since London expelled dozens of Russian diplomats following a chemical weapon assault within the English metropolis of Salisbury.
Britain blamed Russia for the 2018 tried homicide of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter with the Cold War-era nerve agent Novichok.
It had already accused the Kremlin of being behind the radiation poisoning dying of one other former Russian agent, Alexander Litvinenko, in London in 2006.
Downing Street mentioned Mr Johnson advised Mr Putin of his “deep concern” on the Russian troop build-up on the border with Ukraine, which Moscow says is defensive.
In an announcement, the Kremlin mentioned that Mr Putin responded to Mr Johnson by condemning Kiev’s “destructive line” and accusing Ukraine of “purposefully exacerbating the situation on the contact line” by utilizing “heavy weapons and attack drones”.
The Russian chief pressured that the tensions have been happening as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) nations have been actively concerned militarily with Ukraine He known as for worldwide agreements to rule out Nato advancing additional east and deployment of weapons threatening Russia in neighbouring states.
Mr Johnson “reiterated the importance of working through diplomatic channels to deescalate tensions and identify durable solutions,” the UK authorities assertion mentioned.
“The prime minister emphasised the UK’s commitment to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, and warned that any destabilising action would be a strategic mistake that would have significant consequences.”
The G-7, made up of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, unanimously condemned Russia and warned it of extreme repercussions in comparable language.
All choices, together with wide-ranging political and financial sanctions, have been on the desk if Russia ignores a diplomatic answer, officers indicated.