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US reiterates economic, political costs of Russian action against Ukraine

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R Sherman with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov in Geneva on January 10, 2021. Photo: @DeputySecState
US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R Sherman with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov in Geneva on January 10, 2021. Photo: @DeputySecState

Washington, Jan 11 (MNN) The US government said that it had conveyed to Russia about significant economic and political costs involved in case Kremlim “escalate its aggressive actions against Ukraine”.

The message was conveyed by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R Sherman who led a US interagency delegation to US-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue, in which the Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov led the Russian delegation, in Geneva.

The extraordinary session of the dialogue had team comprising officials from US Department of State, Defence, Joint Staff, and National Security Council to Geneva, Switzerland, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said on Tuesday.

“In Geneva, the US delegation listened to Russia’s security concerns, and presented its own strategic stability concerns and ideas for reciprocal action to improve strategic stability. Sherman made clear that the diplomatic path provides the only durable solution to the security concerns of Russia and the US.

“The Deputy Secretary stressed that while her country is committed to diplomacy, it stands ready to impose significant economic and political costs, in close coordination with its allies and partners should Russia escalate its aggressive actions against Ukraine.”

She also reiterated that the United States will not discuss European security without the participation of its allies and partners, and that those issues would need to be discussed in the appropriate multilateral fora.

Sherman was slated to travel to Brussels in Belgium on January 11 to brief the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters.

Deputy Secretary Sherman is leading the US delegation to a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) on January 12.

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