US News Blinken opposed to immediate sanctions against Russia in the Ukrainian file
North Stream 2: The pipeline project threatened by the tensions between Russia and Ukraine
© Odd Andersen / AFP If a Moscow attack was launched against Ukraine, sanctions against the North Stream 2 pipeline project 2 Between Russia and Germany would be envisaged. American-Russian meetings, Summit between NATO and Russia, a meeting of the Organization for Security in Europe, since 10 January diplomatic appointments are linked. In the center are the fears of an attack by Moscow against Ukraine, where Russia is threatened with retaliation if such an operation was decided.
Ukraine-crisis-Blinken-Russia: Blinken opposed to immediate sanctions against Russia in the Ukrainian file
by Arshad Mohammed
Washington / London (Reuters) - US Secretary of State Antony Blinken rejected calls for immediate economic sanctions against Russia, believing that this would reduce the capacity of the West to dissuade Moscow not to attack Ukraine.
Russia, which has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers on the Ukrainian border and sent troops in Belarus for joint military exercises, denies any bellicose intent. But these maneuvers are aroused concerns in the West that threatened to impose severe economic sanctions in Russia if it invaded in particular Ukraine.
Cyberattack: Ukraine holds "clues" of Russian involvement
© Lino MIRGELER / DPA / DPA Picture-Alliance via AFP The Ukraine said Friday, January 14 have "preliminary indices" indicating a possible Involvement of Russian secret services in the massive cyberattack against many of its ministries. "The Ukrainian security service has obtained preliminary indices suggesting that groups of computer hackers associated with Russian secret services could be at the origin of today's massive cyberattack," wrote on Twitter spokesperson.
"With regard to sanctions, the purpose of these sanctions is to prevent Russian aggression. And so if they are triggered now, you lose the deterrent effect," said CNN Antony Blinken.
The US Secretary of State added that if Russian additional troops entered Ukraine aggressively, it would trigger a significant reaction.
Video: Ukraine: Vladimir Putin Satisfied with a "positive" reaction to Russian proposals (Le Figaro)
British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has warned Sunday only if the Kremlin set up a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine, Moscow would face severe economic sanctions.
"There will be very serious consequences if Russia makes this decision to try to invade but also to install a puppet regime," he said on Sky News.
The US Secretary will meet the Ukrainian President Wednesday
Ukraine-crisis / USA: US Secretary of State will meet with Ukrainian President Wednesday Washington, January 18 (Reuters) - US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, will go to Kiev and Berlin this week, announced Tuesday the State Department, after several series of unsuccessful discussions last week between Russia and the United States on Ukraine and security in Europe.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted by stating that these remarks were "misinformation" and accused Great Britain and NATO to "aggravate tensions" about Ukraine.
The Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski said last week at the Washington Post he was in favor of immediate sanctions, a shared point of view on Sunday by some representatives Republicans at the US Congress.
"We must act now. When it comes to repelling Russia, we have to be strength and not to be in a position (...) of appeasement," said ABC Senator Republican Joni Ernst , member of the US Senate Armed Forces Committee.
Chris Coons, a Democratian senator whose party is the majority in both Houses of the Congress, pleaded for his part to adopt a bipartite text for, "he says," demonstrate resolution and determination and Apply sanctions now ". However, it has added preferable to keep in reserve the strongest sanctions.
The meeting between the heads of the Russian and American diplomacy Friday in Geneva has not resulted in any tangible result, but the two countries have agreed to continue the dialogue to try to find a way out in the Ukrainian crisis.
(Reporting Arshad Mohammed, with Susan Heavey and Paul Sandle in London, French version Claude CHEndJOU)
Russian military: Where are Russia's troops? .
100,000 soldiers, air assistance, heavy device: the Russian military threatens Ukraine with a large squad. It could advance quickly. © Maxar Technologies / DPA Russian Fighting Associations at the Troop Exercise Pogonovo in the Western Russian administrative district of Vorone's satellite image of Wednesday, January 19, of the conflict around the Russian threats against Ukraine is increasingly tricky.