Western nations chided Russia for failing to show up at talks in Vienna on Saturday aimed toward defusing rigidity over Ukraine, the place a Russian troop buildup near the border between the 2 international locations has sparked fears of renewed battle.
“We remorse that Russia didn’t avail itself of this chance to handle issues and cut back dangers,” the U.S. Mission to the Group for Safety and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) mentioned in a tweet.
The talks on the OSCE have been referred to as by Ukraine after what France and Germany described as “uncommon navy actions” on the border inflicting “increasing concern.”
In a press release, France and Germany additionally expressed “remorse” on the Russian rebuff. They urged Russia to “rethink its method and commit in good religion to dwell as much as its political-military commitments in the direction of the OSCE.”
French and German international ministers held talks Friday with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the Ukraine state of affairs. The three international locations emphasised their help for Kyiv.
A number of European nations added their disquiet over Russia’s refusal to attend the Vienna talks.
“This method doesn’t assist in dispelling issues concerning the massing of Russian troops alongside the Ukraine border and in occupied Crimea,” tweeted Poland’s delegation to the OSCE.
Austria mentioned the assembly aimed to cut back dangers and misperceptions between the international locations concerned.
The international locations calling on Russia to clarify itself, additionally expressed backing for Ukraine. Poland said that it might proceed to “strongly help Ukraine in defending its sovereignty, territorial integrity, and inviolability of its borders.”