UK calls on Russia to stop escalating tension on the border with Ukraine

This content was published on Dec 02, 2021 – 2:16 PM

London, December 2 (EFE). – British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss met Thursday in Stockholm (Sweden) with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, who asked for efforts to “de-escalate tension” over the outbreak. Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, according to a British government statement.

The two officials met on the sidelines of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) ministerial meeting that will be held from December 2-3 in the Swedish capital.

The Conservative minister expressed her concern “over the growing tensions in Europe” and reiterated the UK government’s support for Ukraine’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity”, according to the statement.

The United States and the European Union, as well as the United Kingdom, defended Kiev against any possible aggression from Russia, which on its part accuses the neighboring country of increasing its military presence in the region.

Truss and Lavrov also analyzed the situation in Belarus and the head of the Foreign Ministry asked her Russian colleague “to use his influential position to demand that the (Alexander) Lukashenko regime hold talks with opposition leaders, mediated by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.”

The statement said that the two ministers also talked about the importance of Iran returning to talks on its nuclear program and for the international community to take “urgent and coordinated measures to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan.” EFE

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