World Ukraine: Joe Biden and NATO shrugs against Moscow
Biden's tough on Putin rhetoric fails the Ukraine reality test
The threat of conflict is the ultimate test of a nation's commitment to its word. In Ukraine, Vladimir Putin is showing President Joe Biden's word to be wanting.This will be news to some.
The Allies sent this Tuesday firmness signals to Moscow to attempt to defuse a new conflict in Ukraine and respond to Russian force demonstrations.
"The considerable military strengthening of Russia is unjustified, inexplicable and deeply worrying," denounced the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg, after a meeting with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmyro Kulebo, who came to seek In Brussels the support of the Atlantic Alliance against theat the Ukrainian border.
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"Russia must put an end to this military strengthening in Ukraine and around, cease its provocations and proceed to immediate de-escalation, continued Jens Stoltenberg. Russia must respect its international commitments. NATO support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine is unshakeable.Russia refers to "threatening" acts of NATO
while the conflict in Donbass has revived for several weeks, Kiev accused Moscow to massage troops at his borders. It estimated on Monday their number to 83,000 soldiers, of which about half in Crimea, Peninsula attached by Russia in 2014. Russia did not denied this deployment while insisting it "did not threaten anyone" and denouncing in return "Provocations" Ukrainian.
Ukraine's President heads to the trenches as Russia masses its troops
Tens of thousands of Russian troops gathered across the Ukrainian border are raising fears of an invasion. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited troops on the front line and told CNN he wants more support from the US.It feels more like the early 20th century than a modern conflict, with tired, nervous soldiers gripping their rifles around him as they reach open ground, scanning the area for movement across no-mans-land.
On Tuesday, the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Choïgou confirmed the sending of soldiers on the west and southern flanks of the country, saying that it was a response to NATO's "threatening" acts. According to Sergei Choïgou, the troops deployed in the last three weeks - "Two armies and three airborne troop units" - conduct "military exercises" that will last two weeks.
"We must discourage Moscow any new climbing, including making it clear that the cost of any new military adventure would be too high," pleaded in Brussels the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, calling the Allies to provide very concrete support to Kiev . "The measures envisaged may seem costly, but the price of prevention will be lower than that of an intervention to put an end to a war," he justified.Moscow and Washington want to "continue dialogue"
These tensions were mentioned during a telephone interview on Tuesday between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. The US Head of State asked his Russian counterpart to "lower tensions" in Ukraine, adding his voice to the firmness messages addressed by the Westerners against Russia's force demonstrations. Joe Biden "stressed the unshakable support of the United States to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," said the White House about this exchange.
While this Ukrainian record increases relations between Washington and Moscow, the two chairmen have agreed during the same meeting to "continue dialogue" for the benefit of "global security", affirmed the Kremlin. Joe Biden proposed to his counterpart to organize a meeting at the summit "in a third country" in "the next few months" in order to "build a stable and predictable relationship with Russia", announced the services of the two Heads of State
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