Washington and its allies firmly rejected Moscow’s demands at security talks last week, but left the door open for possible further talks on arms control and confidence-building measures to reduce the potential for hostilities.
Amid tensions, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Ukraine on Wednesday to assure it of Western support. He traveled to Berlin on Thursday to meet his British, French and German counterparts to discuss Ukraine and other security issues.
Blinken is due to deliver a speech on the Ukraine crisis on Thursday in the German capital before flying to Geneva, where he will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is due to arrive in Poland on Thursday, a member of the European Union that has long supported Ukraine’s efforts to draw closer to the western democratic world.
Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said in a radio interview on Thursday morning that Poland offered political and diplomatic support to Ukraine, but he did not say whether military aid would be extended in as part of the reinforcement of Russian troops.
“We are aware of the seriousness of the situation, hence our diplomatic activity,” Przydacz told Radio RMF FM from the southern Polish town of Wisla, where Zelenskyy will visit Polish President Andrzej Duda until See you Friday.