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The German chancellor and the head of NATO on Tuesday urged Russia to de-escalate amid fears that Moscow may be planning an invasion of Ukraine. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke after the pair met in Berlin to discuss the perceived threat of a conflict.

Scholz said Germany and NATO expected Russia to ease the situation on the border with Ukraine by, for example, reducing the number of troops there. He said both agreed that Russia would face severe political and economic consequences if there was an invasion. “It is clear that there will be a high price to pay and that everything will have to be discussed should there be a military intervention in Ukraine,” Scholz said. Stoltenberg said NATO allies were keen to engage with Russia on any concerns that it may have, urging Russia to join talks. “The risk of a conflict is real,” Stoltenberg said. “NATO allies call on Russia to de-escalate. We encourage Russia to reverse its decision to cut diplomatic ties with NATO.” Moscow has stationed about 100,000 troops near the border with Ukraine, something the West has interpreted as preparation for invasion in order to force NATO to make concessions on on issues like the possible accession of Ukraine into the bloc.

In 2008, NATO offered Ukraine the prospect of joining, without, however, fixing any time frame.

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