US News Ukraine: Joe Biden increases the pressure on Moscow and is concerted with Europe

02:45  25 january  2022
02:45  25 january  2022 Source:   france24.com

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To show his firmness to Moscow, Washington announced Monday having placed Up to 8,500 military alert, ready to strengthen NATO troops. Europeans, more cautious, call not to create more "volatility" in the Ukrainian crisis.

By announcing the possible deployment of thousands of American soldiers to strengthen the troops of NATO , Joe Biden has significantly increased the pressure on Moscow, Monday, January 24th.

The United States has placed up to 8,500 alert military. This means that they could be ready in five days to reinforce the rapid reaction force of the military alliance, made up of 40,000 soldiers, said the Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. "No decision has been made on a deployment of forces outside the United States for the moment," he added. But "it is very clear," he added, "that the Russians do not currently have the intention to start a de-escalation."

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The US President attempts to rock in his favor the report of forces that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, massaging troops and equipment on the border of Ukraine.

"No divergence"

Joe Biden has had a videoconference of a little less than an hour and a half with several European leaders. The participants affirmed their support "without reserve" to the territorial integrity of Ukraine and promised "very heavy consequences" to Russia in case of invasion of this country, announced Monday night the German government. They "were all of the opinion that it belongs to Russia to undertake visible initiatives of de-escalation" in this conflict, indicated the spokesman for the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

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remains that this rise in pressure from the Americans seems to take the Europeans. "We are concerned, we are also very attentive not to create ambiguity, additional volatility," said Paris on Monday.

But the United States has assured Monday, by the voice of the spokesman of the Department of State Ned Price, having "no divergence" with the Europeans about the sanctions to impose in Russia in case of invasion of Ukraine, nor about the urgency of the threat. Joe Biden assured "total unanimity" with the Europeans on the file.

The French president Emmanuel Macron wants to offer "a de-escalation path" to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during an interview "in the coming days".

France, which is currently the command of the NATO's rapid reaction force, also organizes Wednesday in Paris a meeting of high rank advisers with Germany, Russia and Ukraine, to try to revive a format. dialogue dating from 2015, today at the dead point.

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Avoid the "Alarmist" reaction

The leader of the European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, called for not "dramatize" and to avoid the reaction "alarmists" after the United States decided to make the families leave the families of the families Diplomats in Kiev, an initiative followed by London and Canberra.

NATO for its part announced placing waiting forces and sending ships and combat aircraft to strengthen its defenses in Eastern Europe.

Moscow denounced a "hysteria" and accused the United States and NATO "to exacerbate tensions by ads and concrete actions". The Ukrainian authorities have also judged the decision of Washington concerning their "premature" and "excessive" diplomatic representation.

In parallel with this pressure rise, the United States continues to explore the diplomatic channel. According to a European source, a new meeting would thus be expected between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his counterpart Russian Sergei Lavrov, has been learned from a European diplomatic source.

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