Weekend Reads Ukraine: Macron will ask for "clarifications" to Putin

22:15  25 january  2022
22:15  25 january  2022 Source:   lemonde.fr

Ukrainian crisis: Moscow wants Western responses, Blinken expected at Kiev

 Ukrainian crisis: Moscow wants Western responses, Blinken expected at Kiev © Ministry of Defense Republic of Belarus / AFP M Oscou claimed Western responses to its demands before new talks on the Ukrainian crisis, on the day before A visit to the Head of American Diplomacy in Ukraine , in the fear of a Russian invasion. The Russia has deployed tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian borders, and says a de-escalation goes through guarantees for its security, especially the commitment to never expand NATO.

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UKRAINE: MACRON VA DEMANDER DES © Reuters / Pool Ukraine: Macron will ask for "clarifications" in Putin

Paris (Reuters) - The French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that he was going to ask his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin of "clarifications" on the intentions of Moscow with regard to Ukraine, preventing Russia pays a cost " Very high "in case of attack against his neighbor.

During a trip to Berlin, where he met the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, the head of state also pointed out that Westerners were "fully engaged" alongside Kiev, on the background of increasing tensions with Moscow. despite multiple diplomatic discussions since the beginning of the month.

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The great Western powers fear a new Russian offensive, which appended the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and massaged in recent tens of thousands of soldiers at the Ukrainian border.

Moscow, which denies any bellicose intention and impute tensions in the United States and NATO, requests safe guarantees from Westerners - that, in particular, that the Transatlantic Alliance will not expand. To include Ukraine.

"We can only see that Russia is becoming a power of imbalance," said Emmanuel Macron at a joint press conference with Olaf Scholz, noting that the destabilization of former Soviet states " multiply ".

The French President, however, indicated that it was not necessary to "not abandon" the dialogue with Russia and that it had to continue in the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

In photos: Russian military buildup near Ukraine’s borders

  In photos: Russian military buildup near Ukraine’s borders The photos show Russian military equipment, like tanks and artillery, stationed throughout western portions of the country near Ukraine’s borders this week. Tension has been building between Ukraine and Russia in recent weeks, stoking fears of an armed conflict between the two countries. Russia has positioned about 100,000 troops across Ukraine’s borders, along with tanks and other heavy artillery. Russia has denied it intends to launch an invasion, but western nations are unconvinced. On Wednesday, U.S.

He announced that he would meet on Friday by phone with Vladimir Putin, to whom he intends to ask for "clarifications" on the intentions of Moscow with regard to Ukraine. The Elysee had indicated Monday night that Emmanuel Macron would begin this week with Russian President and with the Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski.

Olaf Scholz also warned Moscow that any threat to the territorial integrity of Ukraine would result in a "very high cost for Russia", however, saying, however, not wanting to speculate on the intentions of Vladimir Putin.

New discussions in "Normandy format", between political advisers of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany will take place on Wednesday in Paris.

Several bilateral meetings between the United States and Russia as well as discussions in a broader format with NATO, over the past two weeks, have not made it possible to move towards a crisis exit.

According to NATO, which will send military reinforcements to Eastern Europe, Denmark, Spain, France and the Netherlands study the possibility of sending soldiers, ships or planes in the region .

Great Britain announced last week having started sending anti-route weapons to Ukraine.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Germany prevented Estonia, another NATO member country, to provide military support to Ukraine, an attitude denounced by Poland who asked Tuesday in Berlin to adopt A firmer position with regard to Moscow.

Olaf Scholz defended Tuesday the position of the German government, which for several years has a principle "not to deliver lethal weapons," he said.

(written by Jean Terzian, edited by Nicolas Delame)

crisis around Ukraine: The turnaround of Alexander Lukashenko .
Belarus has long supported Ukraine, but now it is firmly allied with Russia. This increases the worries in Kiev and Washington. © Shamil Zhumatov / AFP Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Belarusian head of state Alexander Lukashenko at a joint press conference in the Kremlin in the fall 2021. The turnaround of Alexander Lukashenko The warnings to the east are hardly countable, but this time Washington did not mean Moscow this time . It's Minsk.

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