US representative to OSCE in consultation with Poland on Russian-Ukrainian crisis – The First News

According to Michael Carpenter, this is a decisive moment to seek ways to resolve the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and the OSCE has an important role to play if Moscow chooses the path of dialogue.
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US Embassy charge d’affaires Bix Aliu said he was satisfied with consultations between US Ambassador to the OSCE Michael Carpenter and the Polish government as tensions rise at the border between Ukraine and Russia.

Poland assumed the one-year presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on January 1.

Citing Carpenter’s interview for the PAP, Aliu wrote on Twitter on Friday that Poland is chairing the organization at a crucial time when the international community, including the OSCE, must seek ways to defuse tensions between Russia and Ukraine with a formation of Russian troops. near the border of the two nations.

The US Ambassador to the OSCE said in the interview that the situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border is unprecedented, with nearly 100,000 Russian troops ready to fight there, in addition to increasingly aggressive rhetoric of the Kremlin towards Kiev.

According to the American diplomat, this is a decisive moment to seek ways to resolve the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and the OSCE has an important role to play if Moscow chooses the path of dialogue.

“On the one hand, we need to be very clear about the costs and consequences of a possible escalation, at the same time we are very open to dialogue and diplomatic talks with Russia – if it chooses this path,” Carpenter said. .

He added that NATO, the industrialized countries of the Group of Seven (G7), the European Council and many other organizations had made it clear that if Russia escalated the tense situation on the border with Ukraine, it would face unprecedented economic and political sanctions, diplomatic and military consequences.

According to Carpenter, the escalation would prompt NATO to reorganize its military presence on the eastern flank, which would have far-reaching consequences for Russia’s relations with the West.

Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, who addressed a virtual meeting of NATO foreign ministers on Friday, said the alliance must send a clear signal that “talks with Russia cannot take place in a situation of escalation of its attitude towards Ukraine and NATO “, The Polish Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

Rau added that the OSCE, which brings together all countries affected by the current situation, is “the right place to talk about security in Europe.

Christi C. Elwood