Russia should expect US response to Ukraine actions, says Pompeo

Image copyright TASS Image caption ‘We are very clear-cut about what they can expect’ from the US The United States has warned Russia to expect a response from Washington if it continues to carry…

Russia should expect US response to Ukraine actions, says Pompeo

Image copyright TASS Image caption ‘We are very clear-cut about what they can expect’ from the US

The United States has warned Russia to expect a response from Washington if it continues to carry out military actions in Ukraine, where Moscow is accused of fomenting unrest and interference in Western states.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US’s deterrent capabilities were a “very high impact” and other countries should expect the same.

The comments come after Russian forces reportedly entered southern Ukraine and entered the village of Yarmuk.

Mr Pompeo said Western countries needed to take action to deal with Russia.

Ukraine is an ally of Nato and, along with all its allies, the US has a role to play, Mr Pompeo said.

“We will not continue to have friends like Russia and put all our eggs in that basket,” he said.

Image copyright TASS Image caption Mr Pompeo urged other countries to press Russia to withdraw

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have been due to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina later this week, but the meeting has now been postponed.

A US State Department official said the postponement was due to “the need to confirm Russian compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty”.

The INF Treaty, which was signed in 1987, prohibits development of land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500km (300 to 3,400 miles).

“We would like to see Russia return to the spirit of the treaty,” he added.

After US President Donald Trump signed an executive order in April, which ended sanctions on Russia and ended a US ban on financing for its defence industry, the US said Moscow had started “large-scale” violations of the INF treaty.

Speaking in Washington, Mr Pompeo said the US had “concerns about repeated breaches of the treaty” and would seek “clarification” from Russia about the alleged breaches.

“We expect them to live up to the terms of that treaty and we want Russia to be a good neighbour.”

Russia’s foreign ministry has denied the reported incidents and said the president would address the issue when he meets Trump at the G20 summit later this week.

What next?

The US has its own deterrent strategy, Mr Pompeo said, a response that would be “very high impact” if Russia was aggressive with its actions.

“We can do things to deter and make clear to the rest of the world that no matter how benign or benign-sounding their actions they can count on that response to remain with people like the Russians,” he said.

Image copyright BBC

The White House also said the president was on track to meet his Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Argentina later this week.

President Trump said he had no plans to pull out of the accord between Moscow and Washington.

Image copyright EPA Image caption A senior EU official said both sides should act ‘honestly’ with the other

“We haven’t discussed it, but I believe that whatever we do will have good effect,” he told reporters.

“There is a big possibility it could work. But we also believe that if there’s not enough respect for the deal, if it’s something that’s unfair, that’s something we’re not going to do.

The issue has threatened to overshadow the G20 meeting, with reports of an apparent Russian incursion into southern Ukraine.

The BBC’s Paul Adams, in Kiev, says that the report is being seen in Kiev as confirmation of Russian involvement in eastern Ukraine, where separatist movements are occurring.

The EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the Russian invasion and its annexation of Crimea had damaged trust between the West and Russia, but both sides should be able to work “honestly” together to reach a solution.

“The more Russian aggression comes across, the more it shows that trust between Russia and the West has hit rock bottom, so I’m saying that trust is very, very important,” she said.

Leave a Comment