France and Germany warn Russia against invading Ukraine

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French President Emmanuel Macron has warned Russia that it will pay a "very high price" if it attacks Ukraine, insisting that Paris is united with Berlin in the need to escalate the situation.

France and Germany will not abandon the dialogue with Russia "But if there is an attack, there will be a response and the price Russia will pay will be very high.", Macron said on January 25 in Berlin, during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

The United States and its Western allies have taken a number of steps to counter the massive build-up of Russian forces near the border with Ukraine. It is estimated that over 100,000 Russian forces are along the Ukrainian border and the West has expressed concern that Moscow may be preparing to invade Ukraine.

Chancellor Scholz said "It is necessary to do everything possible to ensure that the situation flows differently from what we fear today."

"Therefore we expect clear steps from Russia that will contribute to reducing tensions, and we have agreed that any military aggression would have serious consequences.", he added.

Macron said he would hold a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 28.

This conversation, as he said, will be part of the dialogue with Russia and offers opportunities for "clarification" of Moscow's strategy on Ukraine.