According to Aleksey Reznikov, Russia can only be stopped at the high cost of aggression.Reznikov spoke about the fate of Europe in the event of a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine / photo REUTERS
The world must convince Russia that the cost of an attack on Ukraine is too high to think about.
According to the minister, it is not yet clear whether Europe itself understands what the big war between Ukraine and Russia is fraught with for it.
“A major war in Ukraine will plunge all of Europe into crisis. The sudden appearance of three to five million Ukrainian refugees fleeing a Russian invasion will be just one of the many serious problems facing European society. For example, the EU is highly dependent on food imports. including grain. A major war will seriously undermine and possibly completely prevent the import of many goods from both Ukraine and Russia, creating a range of food security problems for the entire continent, “the defense minister wrote.
Also, he said, a Russian attack would spell the final end to the rules-based international order, “opening the door to a new era of global instability that would threaten decades of unprecedented peace in much of Europe.”Defense Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov / photo REUTERS
“There is much more at stake than the fate of an independent Ukraine. fueled by the Kremlin. The future of Europe itself is at stake, and it will be decided in Ukraine, “concluded Oleksiy Reznikov.
According to Aleksey Reznikov, Russia can be stopped only at the high cost of aggression.
“We must convince Moscow that the cost of a new offensive is too high to think about. This price will be purely military in nature and take the form of negative political, economic and social consequences,” he added.
According to the head of the Ministry of Defense, some in the West continue to believe that everything must be done so as not to provoke Russia. And they do not understand that the Kremlin views the very existence of NATO and the European Union as a provocation.
“Indeed, the very idea of an independent Ukraine is an intolerable provocation for many in Moscow. building the future “, – noted Reznikov.
The situation on the border of the Russian Federation and Ukraine
On November 11, Bloomberg published an article discussing the risks of a full-scale Russian attack on Ukraine. The agency noted that the circles of American and European diplomats are seriously worried about the current movement of Russian troops towards the Ukrainian border.
Moscow itself denies this, calling the autumn redeployment of troops a “show of force.”
In early November, information began to appear in the Western media with reference to satellite imagery data about the active movement of the Russian military to the border with Ukraine.
At the same time, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine denied this information.
This is the second likely wave of aggravation on the Russian-Ukrainian border since March 2021. However, according to Bloomberg, so far the concentration of Russian troops takes place mainly at night, while in the spring the Kremlin openly threatened to attack, putting political pressure on Ukraine, the EU and the United States.
Russian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that the threat of a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine by Russia does exist, but Kiev is doing the necessary work to prevent such a scenario from being realized.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: what is known
As new US intelligence shows, Russia is planning a full-scale offensive from several fronts into Ukraine in 2022 with the participation of about 175,000 military and heavy equipment. The expansion of military force took place against the backdrop of Russian demands for guarantees of Ukraine’s non-entry into NATO.
The Washington Post, in turn, published a map of the possible movement of the Russian army through the territory of Ukraine.Map of the possible movement of the Russian army on the territory of Ukraine / photo washingtonpost.com