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US News biden and Westerners warn Putin on Ukraine

01:25  14 april  2021
01:25  14 april  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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J OE Biden asked Tuesday to Vladimir Putin from "lowering tensions" in Ukraine, adding his voice to the firmness messages addressed by Westerners face Russia's strength demonstrations.

The US President "emphasized the unshakable support of the United States to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine," said the White House, relating a telephone conversation between the two leaders.

Before the accumulation of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border, emergency consultations took place on Tuesday in Berlin and NATO, in the presence of the head of Ukrainian diplomacy.

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Washington announced a first step with the sending of 500 additional soldiers to Germany, posted "from this fall", by the voice of the US Secretary to the Defense Lloyd Austin, after a meeting in Berlin with his German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer .

"The considerable military strengthening of Russia is unjustified, inexplicable and deeply worrying," said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, after receiving the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmyro Kuleba.

The Ukrainian manager also spoke in Brussels with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

"This meeting comes to appointed point given what is happening along the Ukrainian border with Russia," said the leader of American diplomacy.

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These tensions on the Ukrainian file still increase the relationship between Washington and Moscow in these first months of Joe Biden's mandate.

ADEPTE of a direct and direct diplomacy, the Democratic President did not hesitate last month to qualify his counterpart of "killer".

During their conversation Tuesday, Joe Biden proposed to Vladimir Putin a summit in a third country "in the coming months", according to the White House.

The two leaders agreed to "continue the dialogue" to guarantee global security, said the Kremlin.

But Moscow also accused Tuesday NATO to carry out "threatening" activities, and supported having been forced to "take appropriate action".

The Russian Defense Minister Sergei Choïgou clarified having transferred into three weeks "two armies and three units of airborne troops at the western borders of Russia for exercises". He did not specify the place of this deployment.

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"We must discourage Moscow from 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.

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"Nothing can be excluded with Russia," he said.

"The measures envisaged may seem costly, but the price of prevention will be lower than that of an intervention to end a war," he explained.

Ukraine fears that the Kremlin does not look for a pretext to attack it. Kiev accused Russia for having massaged more than 80,000 soldiers near his oriental and Crimean border, annexed by Moscow in 2014, after the arrival of pro-Westerners in power in Kiev.

"There are more Russian troops massed at the border at any time since 2014, at the first Russian invasion," said Antony Blinken Sunday.

Moscow has on its side warned NATO and the United States against the risk of transforming Ukraine into "powder" with support for strengthening Kiev's defense capabilities.

In their annual report on the threats against the United States, US intelligence services considered that Russia would "continue its destabilization efforts against Ukraine" but that it did not want a "direct conflict" With Washington.

Fighting on the Ukrainian Front, which were almost stopped from a truce concluded in the summer of 2020, resumed intensively in recent weeks.

"NATO is alongside Ukraine," reaffirmed Jens Stoltenberg. "His support is very concrete. These are not simple words," he said. The Alliance thus helps Ukraine modernize and strengthen its security and defense.

There remained cautious in its response to the call of the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to accelerate the membership of his country to NATO in order to send a "real signal" to Russia.

"The thirty allies will decide when Ukraine meets the conditions to join," he said. "Ukraine has the right to choose its way. No one has the right to interfere in this process," he threw to Moscow.

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