The “stakes are very real” in the Russia-Ukraine war for global peace and security, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned on Friday.
“Unfortunately, tragically, horrifically this may not be over soon,” he said in Brussels. “We have to sustain this until it stops, until the war is over,” he said.
“Hundreds, thousands of individual human tragedies inflicted by Vladamir Putin and his war of choice on Ukraine and its people and we can’t lose sight of that fact,” he added.
“It’s also about an assault on some very basic principles that we established together after two world wars to make sure that we wouldn’t see another one, principles that are at the heart of an international system that has a responsibility to preserve peace and security among nations.
“If we allow those principles to be violated with impunity, then we’re opening a Pandora’s box in every corner of the world for this to happen again and again and again, and peace and security with all of the deficiencies that we’ve known over the last 80 years but nonetheless peace and security that we’ve been able to establish, that will be gone.
“So the stakes here are very real – they’re about real lives real people, real human beings and they are about large principles that we have to defend and we are, in no small measure.”