On Thursday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will comment on tensions between the US and Russia over Ukraine.
The event is due to start at 9:45 AM ET. See the player above.
Earlier in the day, Blinken warned that the US and its allies would respond “quickly and harshly” if Russia sent military forces to Ukraine.
Blinken’s comments in Berlin appeared to be yet another attempt to clear up any confusion about the position of the US and its NATO allies after US President Joe Biden was heavily criticized for saying a “minor invasion” by Russia would elicit less of a reaction.
“If any Russian military forces cross the border of Ukraine and commit new acts of aggression against Ukraine, this will be met with a swift, tough and united response from the United States and our allies and partners,” Blinken told reporters.
Senior US and European diplomats are attempting to present a united front to Russia over fears it may be planning an invasion of Ukraine.
Russia has amassed about 100,000 troops near Ukraine, and Biden said Wednesday he thinks Moscow will invade. He warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country would pay a “heavy price” in lost lives and possible disconnection from the global banking system if that happened.
Against this background, Blinken held talks on Thursday with diplomats from Germany, France and the UK – the so-called “meeting of four”. A day earlier, he met with the Ukrainian president in Kiev to discuss the threat.
Russia denies it is planning an invasion and in turn on Thursday accused the West of planning “provocations” in Ukraine, citing British military transport planes bringing weapons into the country in recent days.
This is an evolving story and will be updated.