VIENNA, Jan 13 – Europe is nearer war than it has been in 30 years, Poland’s international minister warned through the third spherical of diplomacy this week aimed at defusing tensions over Russia’s demand that Ukraine by no means be allowed to hitch NATO.
Addressing envoys from the 57 members of the Organization for (*30*) and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Zbigniew Rau didn’t title Russia, however listed a string of conflicts in which Moscow’s involvement has been alleged.
“It seems that the risk of war in the OSCE area is now greater than ever before in the last 30 years,” Rau mentioned in a speech outlining his nation’s priorities because it holds the OSCE’s rotating chairmanship this 12 months.
“For several weeks we have been faced with the prospect of a major military escalation in Eastern Europe.”
Poland is among the many NATO members which can be most hawkish in confronting what it sees as Russia’s revisionist ambitions in Eastern Europe.
“We should focus on a peaceful resolution of the conflict in and around Ukraine,” Rau added, calling for “full respect of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders”.
Russia has deployed greater than 100,000 troops close to its borders with Ukraine, which is already battling Moscow-backed separatists in its east. Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea area in 2014.
Thursday’s talks in Vienna would be the first this week in which Ukraine might be represented, and there solely on a low, ambassadorial stage. Ministerial talks between Russia and the U.S. in Geneva on Tuesday and between Russia and NATO in Brussels on Wednesday didn’t yield clear progress.
The Kremlin on Thursday gave a bleak evaluation of Russia’s safety talks with the United States and NATO this week, describing them as “unsuccessful” and saying there was disagreement on basic points.