NATO foreign ministers met in Riga, Latvia, on Tuesday where they weighed potential responses to Russia’s alleged troop build-up near its border with Ukraine.
Over the past month, the US has been claiming that Russia is plotting an invasion of Ukraine, an accusation Moscow denies. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that any Russian “aggression” towards Ukraine “can trigger serious consequences.”
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia that an invasion of Ukraine would carry a “high price,” although he admitted that the alliance does not provide a security guarantee to Ukraine since the country is not a NATO Member.
When pressed by reporters on how NATO might respond to Russia, Stoltenberg said economic sanctions were being discussed. “Economic sanctions and political reactions is part of what we have discussed today, also with the United States,” he said. “We represent 50 percent of the world’s GDP and of course it matters when NATO allies discuss also the use of economic sanctions against the behavior of Russia.”
The US is also reportedly considering sending military advisors and more weapons to Ukraine. The potential weapons package could include new Javelin anti-tank missiles, mortars, and stinger missiles. Russia is concerned by the Western push to arm Ukraine, and any new military aid would only inflame tensions in the region even more.