Germany signaled that it could halt the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia if Moscow invades Ukraine, and Western nations rallied behind Kyiv over a Russian troop buildup that has stoked fears of war, reported Reuters.
Stepping up diplomacy after talks with Russia ended in stalemate last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinkenwill will visit Kyiv on Wednesday, January 19, before heading to Berlin to discuss “joint efforts to deter further Russian aggression against Ukraine” with German, British, and French officials.
As fears of conflict rose, Britain stated this week it had begun supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons, Canada’s foreign minister visited Ukraine, and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock held talks in Moscow and Kyiv to try to ease tensions.
Baerbock warned that Moscow would suffer if it does attack its neighbor, and Chancellor Olaf Scholz signaled that Berlin’s response might include stopping the Nord Stream 2 pipeline bringing gas to Germany.
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