The United States is simultaneously ready to continue diplomatic dialogue with Moscow and to protect allies in the event of Russian aggression.
The United States is ready for any outcome of the negotiations currently underway with Russia on European security issues, and it will depend on the decisions that Moscow will take regarding Ukraine. White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said this at a press briefing on Thursday.
“We are ready for any options,” Sullivan told reporters. “We are ready to make progress at the negotiating table. We are ready to take the necessary and appropriate steps to protect our allies, support our partners and respond harshly to any undisguised aggression that may occur [against Ukraine].”
Sullivan also noted that the United States does not yet have evidence that Russia has decided on military aggression against Ukraine. The date of the next round of negotiations with Moscow, according to him, has not yet been determined.
“In fact, we are still at the point where we believe that the path of diplomacy can work, reflecting our interests and principles,” Sullivan said, speaking at a press conference.