U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned that Washington and its allies will stand firm against any kind of aggression by Russia on Ukraine.
The comments came after Blinken met with the so-called transatlantic quad group in Berlin on Thursday local time. as part of a diplomatic tour of Europe seen as a way to defuse tensions with Russia.
"We have been very clear throughout: if any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border and commit new acts of aggression against Ukraine, that will be met with a swift, severe, united response from the United States and our allies and partners."
At a separate event Blinken also said that an invasion of Ukraine by Russia would send the wrong kind of message to the international community that invading a sovereign nation is an acceptable thing to do.
"It's bigger than a conflict between two countries. It's bigger than Russia and NATO, it's a crisis with global consequences, and it requires global attention and action."
Eyeing the upcoming Washington and Moscow talks, European allies had similar sentiments.
"If the situation deteriorates, if there are any further attacks on the territorial integrity of Ukraine, we will respond with massive economic and financial sanctions. The transatlantic community stands firm on this, the European Union is by far Russia's biggest trading partner, and by far the largest investor."
This comes as the U.S. on Thursday imposed sanctions on current and former Ukrainian officials that it has accused of engaging in activities directed by Russia to destabilize Ukraine.
Russia has tens of thousands of troops stationed at its border with Ukraine, which has sparked fears that it's planning a new assault on the country.
Russia has denied that this is the case but says it could take unspecified military action if a list of demands are not met which includes a promise from NATO to never admit Kyiv as a member.
Blinken and his Russian counterpart have already arrived in Geneva ahead of planned talks.
All eyes are on whether their meeting can produce a concrete outcome this time around.
Kim Cheong-ah, Arirang News.