“We have been very clear,” Price told reporters. “There is not a precondition for dialogue in diplomacy, but there is a precondition for that dialogue … moving in the right direction.
“I don’t think we’ve seen any concrete indications of deescalation just yet,” 他加了.
The briefing became unusually heated when Price was asked about NATO member-nations appearing to deviate from U.S. assurances that the alliance will show a united front should Russia invade Ukraine.
上个星期, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz attempted to clear the air following 报告 that Berlin may not support severe economic sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 管道, which the U.S. and NATO have threatened the Kremlin with.
But the government’s refusal to transfer defense weapons to Kyiv in coordination with the U.S. 和英国. has left some questioning how tight the alliance truly is.
“The alliance is united,” Price told reporters. “There is no question about this. You have heard this in the form of communiques and statements from the alliance itself — you don’t have to take my word for it.”
“Countries have different authorities, different norms, different traditions,” 他继续, instead highlighting the amount of support the U.S. has provided Ukraine.
“We have had in-depth conversations with all of our NATO allies about the deterrent measures that we are prepared to take,” Price added.
美国. has put 8,500 troops on high alert, notifying them that they could be deployed to Europe should Russian President Vladimir Putin invade Ukraine.
美国. last week said an additional $ 200 million will be provided to Kyiv to assist with defensive military aid. 另外, the State Department authorized the transfer of U.S.-made missiles from Baltic NATO member nations.
“Different NATO allies are contributing in different and meaningful ways,” 价格说.
Though Germany has refused to send military assistance to Ukraine, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said in a Saturday that Berlin will send a field medical facility to Ukraine in February, reported German news outlet Deutsche Welle.