World Kiev satisfied with the "unity" of its partners against Moscow

14:10  13 january  2022
14:10  13 january  2022 Source:   lemonde.fr

The risk of conflict in Ukraine is "real", warns Jens Stoltenberg

 The risk of conflict in Ukraine is NATO is concerned about the "real" risk of conflict in Ukraine with the continuation of Russian military strengthening at its borders, and must prepare for failure From diplomacy, warned Friday the Secretary General of the Jens Stoltenberg Alliance.

The Ukrainian authorities welcome the refusal of NATO to grant Russia a right to look at a possible accession of their country to the Atlantic Alliance .

Le président ukrainien, Volodymyr Zelensky, et le secrétaire général de l’OTAN, Jens Stoltenberg, à Bruxelles, le 16 décembre 2021. © Provided by the world The Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, and the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, Brussels, 16 December 2021.

The threat of a Russian military invasion in Ukraine has not disappeared But Kiev despite all a reason for satisfaction: since the beginning of the crisis in the spring of 2021 and the deployment of 100,000 Russian soldiers at the Ukrainian borders, the country benefits from a strong support from its American and European partners. The Summit, Wednesday, January 12, between Russia and NATO, has provided further evidence. The Atlantic Alliance has thus repeated its refusal to grant Moscow a right to look at a possible adhesion of Ukraine.

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The day before, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ukrainian, Dmyro Kuleba, welcomed the "unity and consistency of the positions face (...) with the Russian ultimatums", after the talks, Monday, Geneva, between Russia and United States. Moscow "does not have the right to vote" on the possible accession of Ukraine to NATO, he insisted.

Russia and NATO notes their disagreements, without excluding from pursuing their

discussions according to Oleksiy Melnyk, codirector of the Razumkov Reflection Center, in Kiev, "Ukraine has many reasons to be satisfied and grateful to its international partners. , even if it sometimes complains of some of them. They provide him with enormous military and economic support, almost as much as if Ukraine was a member of NATO. " Since the beginning of the war in the Donbass and the annexation of Crimea by Moscow, in 2014, the United States has granted more than $ 2.5 billion (2.2 billion euros) of safe aid to The former Soviet Republic, of which $ 450 million just in 2021.

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The collapse of Russia's image

if the summit between Russia and NATO does not yet allow to consider de-escalation, the Sequence of international negotiations - which opened on Monday in Geneva and continues Thursday in Vienna with a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) - nevertheless offers Ukraine a brief respite. "While the discussions continue, at least Putin does not decide to attack Ukraine," says Melnyk.

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for its part, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, called Tuesday at a Quadripartite Summit with Moscow, Paris and Berlin to "put an end to the conflict" with Prorussian separatists, supported by Moscow. A request remained, for the hour, a dead letter.

The war in the Donbass, which has already done more than 13,000 deaths in nearly eight years, has in any case profoundly changed the way the Ukrainians perceive their great neighbor. Before the bursting of the conflict, more than 80% considered Russia as a friend country, compared to 8% today, according to a study published in 2021 by the Razumkov Center. At the same time, less than 20% supported the integration of Ukraine into NATO. They are more than 50% today.

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Ravaged by war, separatist east Ukraine fears new conflict .
Tears stream down Antonina Zaytseva's face as she considers the possibility of her separatist region of Ukraine again being engulfed by war. asks the 72-year-old retiree who lives in Donetsk, one of two pro-Moscow separatist regions at the heart of a long conflict between Russia and Ukraine. © Alexander NEMENOV Residents of the separatist region fear tensions between Russia and Ukraine could erupt into a new war "We are afraid that the fighting will start up again. This is just a lull," says Zaytseva, her thick glasses fogging up in the winter air.

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