Weekend Reads Ukraine: The Kremlin advises Washington not to cross "a limit"

23:05  13 january  2022
23:05  13 january  2022 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Ukrainian Canadians worry about Russia conflict: ‘I’m afraid for my family’ Ukrainian Canadians with families back in Ukraine are worrying about their safety as Russian aggression near the borders is stoking fears of a possible invasion.“I'm afraid for my family because there is nowhere they can go and there's nothing much they can do to protect themselves,” the 27-year-old Edmonton resident told Global News.

The conflict in Ukraine is viewed by some as part of a renewed geopolitical rivalry between western powers and Russia. A former Soviet republic, Ukraine has deep cultural, economic, and political bonds with Russia. In 2014, Russia annexed Crimea, a part of Ukraine , and it is keen not to let the country become more aligned with Western institutions, chiefly NATO and the European Union. The shock in Ukraine came after a similar electoral defeat for the Kremlin in Georgia in 2003, known as the Rose Revolution, and was followed by another—the Tulip Revolution—in Kyrgyzstan in 2005.

Arguably, Washington and the major European powers do not want an all-out war with Russia. Such a war would almost certainly escalate into an un-winnable nuclear conflagration. The trouble is when Russophobic reactionary elements are allowed into NATO, and the European Union for that matter, then it becomes But in the case of Russia, the European crazies in NATO seem willing to take a Cold War all the way to Hot War. This is why Russia is absolutely right to insist that there must be a limit to NATO expansion and indeed a rollback to the 1997 configuration of strike forces beyond the Baltics.

  Ukraine : le Kremlin conseille à Washington de ne pas franchir « une limite » © Ramil Sitdikov / Sputnik / Sputnik via AFP

L Tension no longer stops climbing between Washington and Moscow, at the beginning of the year 2022. Thursday, January 13, Vladimir Putin indicated that the adoption of American sanctions against the Russia would be the exceeding of a "limit" in the tumultuous relations which oppose the two blocks. This declaration followed the presentation by the United States of a plan aimed at sanctioning Russian vulneys in Ukraine .

Importance Detail: The penalties mentioned by Washington aim at namely Vladimir Putin. "Sanctions against a head of state, it is a measure that would cross a limit, it would be equivalent to a break in relations," denounced the spokesman for the Russian Presidency Dmitri Peskov. He noted that the proposal of US Democrat Senators "does not facilitate the establishment of a constructive atmosphere for the Russian-Westerners current talks this week on a de-escalation of tensions around Ukraine.

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  In photos: Russian military buildup near Ukraine’s borders Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that Canada “stands with Ukrainian people” and will “always be there with the necessary supports,” after announcing a loan of up to $120 million (CAD) to the Ukrainian government amid ongoing tensions with neighbouring Russia.

The Kremlin in Moscow continues to be a site that inspires many questions from tourists and I have to admit that it is a place that can be a little confusing. In this article, I try to explain what the Kremlin is, what parts can be visited, and how you can buy tickets online in order to avoid the long lines. The Kremlin occupies a large territory of 27 hectares. A large part is accessible to tourists. Basically, there are two separate types of tickets: One to visit the exterior grounds of the Kremlin and the cathedrals square.

But there is a limit to everything. And with Ukraine , our western partners have crossed the line, playing the bear and acting irresponsibly and unprofessionally.” Clearly, the Kremlin ’s treatment of the Ukrainian government following the Euromaidan Revolution and change of power in Kiev constituted a major escalation, relative to Russia’s Ukraine policy under Victor Yushchenko, let alone his successor Victor Yanukovich. At the same time, the escalation of relations with Kiev reflected a broader policy pattern of Russia’s relations with the Western nations adopted by the Kremlin since

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Your Browser Does Not Support This video senators high ranked American Democrats have unveiled on Wednesday a new sanctions project that aims to punish Vladimir Putin and provide financial assistance to Kiev, in case of an invasion of Ukraine by Russia. The law entitled "Defending the Sovereignty of Ukraine" provides for sanctions against Russian President, Prime Minister Mikhail Michoustine, senior military officials and several entities in the Russian banking sector.

The announcement of this "extremely negative" sanctions under the Kremlin intervened on the eve of a meeting in Vienna of the Permanent Council for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (

OSCE ), the third And last sequence of an intense diplomatic ballet aimed at defusing the risk of a conflict in Ukraine. Monday, stretched discussions brought together American and Russian vice-ministers of Foreign Affairs in Geneva, Wendy Sherman and Sergei Riabkov.

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Putin warns Russia will act if NATO crosses its red lines in Ukraine . The Kremlin tests the EU and NATO’s defence system. The US role in Iraq will shift entirely to training and advising the Iraqi military to defend itself. "We speak to Iranians and others in an attempt to put a limit to these attacks, which are undermining Iraq and its role," he said.

Russia has put forward a highly contentious list of security guarantees it says it wants the west to agree to in order to lower tensions in Europe and defuse the crisis over Ukraine , including many elements that have already been ruled out. The demands include a ban on Ukraine entering Nato and a limit to the deployment of troops and weapons to Nato’s eastern flank, in effect returning Nato forces to where they were stationed in 1997, before an eastward expansion. The eight-point draft treaty was released by Russia’s foreign ministry as its forces massed within striking distance of Ukraine ’s borders.

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Wednesday, NATO and Moscow held talks in Brussels, making the observation of their profound "differences" on security in Europe. . "We would like to hope, however, that common sense will win," said Dmitri Peskov, stressing that Russia has never missed and "will not fail to continue a dialogue."

accused by Americans and Europeans to prepare an attack on his Ukrainian neighbor, an ally of Westerners, Russia replied by saying that the deployment of tens of thousands of Russian soldiers at the border was a reaction to the growing and hostile presence of the NATO in what Moscow considers as its area of ​​influence. Russia assured not to have "intent" to attack Ukraine, but claims the signing of a treaty banning any future enlargement of NATO, a request deemed unacceptable in the West.

US Senate debates new sanctions against North Stream 2 .
Against the background of the Ukraine conflict, the US Senate has dealt with possible new sanctions against the controversial Baltic Sea Pipeline Nord Stream 2. Senators debated on Thursday for a bill submitted by the Republican Ted Cruz, which aims in particular on the operator company Nord Stream 2 AG. The text at the same time limits the powers of President Joe Biden to grant exceptions of sanctions under reference to national security interests.

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