The escalation of tensions, the build-up of Russian troops along Ukraine’s border, and the threat of a large-scale invasion are a test “for NATO and the entire Western community.” This opinion was expressed by Manfred Weber, the chairman of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, in an interview with the German weekly newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

“If Putin uses weapons, then the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline will be over. Commissioning would then be out of the question. The future German government should clearly define this price,” the politician said.

“It is important for NATO to make it clear that Russia will pay a high price if it does something against Ukraine,” Weber added.

Meanwhile, one of the world’s leading rating agencies, Fitch Ratings, does not consider escalating the tension on the Russian-Ukrainian border into a war. The agency’s analysts assume that tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border will not escalate into an outright war. At the same time, information about the concentration of Russian troops along with Ukraine “increases geopolitical and sanctions risks.”

Bohdan Marusyak

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