US and UK plan to send ‘thousands’ more troops to Eastern Europe to counter Russia
youKraine is committed to seeking a diplomatic solution to the ongoing tension with Russia, his ambassador to Japan Sergiy Korsunsky said on Wednesday, adding he sees little chance of an all-out war, although there could be smaller conflicts.
Mr Korsunsky warned that an attack on a country with more than a dozen nuclear reactors would have a devastating regional impact on Europe.
“I believe it is very, very, very difficult to expect a full-scale war, but we could see more localized conflicts,” Korsunsky told a press conference in the Japanese capital. , Tokyo.
“If we come to military terms, let me tell you, we are fully prepared, our army is very well prepared.”
US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he would consider personal sanctions against President Vladimir Putin if Russia invades Ukraine, as Western leaders step up military preparations and draw up plans to protect Europe from a possible energy shock.
“If war is to occur, it will be the first in the history of mankind, a war against a country which has 15 nuclear reactors on its territory, which has 30,000 km of gas and oil pipelines, filled with gas and oil,” says Korsunsky.
“If all this infrastructure is destroyed, there is no more Ukraine. But that is only a consequence. There is no more Central Europe and probably Western Europe would also be affected. .”
Russian Ambassador to Australia Alexey Pavlovsky said Wednesday that Russia has no plans to invade Ukraine.
“We have no intention of invading at all,” Pavlovsky told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio.
“Our troops on the border… These troops are not a threat, they are a warning. A warning to the Ukrainian leadership not to attempt any reckless military adventure,” he said.