And the British Foreign Secretary added that the government is on alert for any covert operations in the next few days, according to what Reuters reported.
Liz Truss said, in a statement to Sky News, that if Russian forces enter Ukraine, they will be able to reach the capital, Kiev, quickly.
She warned that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would be a very dangerous moment for the world.
The British Foreign Secretary’s warning came as Moscow amassed about 130,000 troops on the border with Ukraine.
“If we see an invasion of Ukraine, there will be huge costs in terms of the long-running conflict, we could see undermining security on a larger scale in Europe and we could see other aggressors around the world see it as an opportunity to expand their ambitions as well,” Truss told Sky News.
“This is a very dangerous moment for the world,” she said. “This is of course about Ukraine, which is an important sovereign country, but it’s also about the broader stability of Europe and broader global security.”
“We cannot give the message that aggression gets rewards,” she added.
Truss also warned that Russia “will not stop at Ukraine if it invades,” and said that “the biggest danger, of course, is whether an invasion of Ukraine would do serious damage to Russia and Ukraine. That would further undermine Europe’s stability.” .
“I’m afraid this will not stop with Ukraine. This is an attack on Russia’s neighbors and other Eastern European countries in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of being part of NATO,” she said.
This comes shortly after German Foreign Minister Annalina Birbock asked Moscow to withdraw its forces from the Ukrainian border.
Birbock indicated that the situation could deteriorate at any moment.
Birbock said in a statement that all opportunities for dialogue should be seized to reach a peaceful solution, adding that the responsibility for de-escalation clearly rests with Russia.