World United States and Europeans promise "very heavy consequences" in Moscow in case of "aggression" against Ukraine
Fears of Russian invasion of Ukraine rises despite US push for diplomacy
U.S. officials are raising alarm that Russian threats of war against Ukraine are spiking dangerously despite the conclusion of a week of diplomatic meetings aimed at avoiding the outbreak of open conflict. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned Thursday that Russia is preparing a "false flag" operation to use as a pretext to launch an offensive against Kyiv on top of its buildup of more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine's eastern border.National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned Thursday that Russia is preparing a "false flag" operation to use as a pretext to launch an offensive against Kyiv on top of its buildup of more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine's eastern border.
the leaders of the United States and several European countries whose Germany and France affirmed their "unreserved" support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine and promised "very heavy consequences" to the, announced Monday, January 24th to the evening The German government.
Participants "were all of the opinion it belongs to Russia to undertake visible initiatives of de-escalation" in this conflict, indicated the spokesman of the Chancellor German Olaf Scholz, at the end of a videoconference with which he participated with the leaders of the United StatesFrance United Kingdom
Russia needs to stop clinging to the idea of reviving the Soviet Union, Ukraine ambassador says
"Russia needs to reinvent itself as a modern state," Vsevolod Chentsov, the Ukrainian ambassador to the EU, told CNBC Tuesday. "It's already gone," he said regarding the Soviet bloc which collapsed in 1991.Relations between the Kremlin and its European counterparts hit a low in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. And it has supported a pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country where low-level fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian troops has continued ever since.Now, U.S.
The holding of this videoconferencing had been announced a little earlier in the day by the White House, at a time when some divergences seem to appear within the Western camp on the attitude to adopt against Russia.
The "great concern" of WesternersThis concerns in particular Berlin, very criticized by Kiev for his refusal, in particular to deliver arms, the same defensive, unlike the United States, the United Kingdom or the Baltic States. Similarly, the countries of the European Union have not yet decreed the departure of part of their diplomatic staff from Ukraine, while Washington and London have made ads in this direction. During their videoconferencing, to which
also participated the Secretary General of NATO
EXPLAINER: What are US military options to help Ukraine?
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is not planning to answer a further Russian invasion of Ukraine by sending combat troops. But he could pursue a range of less dramatic yet still risky military options, including supporting a post-invasion Ukrainian resistance. The rationale for not directly joining a Russia-Ukraine war is simple. The United States has no treaty obligation to Ukraine, and war with Russia would be an enormous gamble, given its potential for expanding in Europe, destabilizing the region, and escalating to the frightening point of risking a nuclear exchange. Doing too little has its risks, too.
Nevertheless, they felt that "the issue of security and stability in Europe could be resolved by the way of negotiation." They "reaffirmed to be willing to continue diplomatic efforts", undertaken during the month of January with several meetings between Western and Russian leaders. Unsuccessfully visible however so far. The leaders mentioned the so-called "Normandy format" discussions, which brings together representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France and aims to implement the Minsk Peace Agreements of 2015 Today at the dead point, to resolve the conflict between Kiev and Prorussian separatists in the Donbass (East of the country), which has made more than 13,000 deaths in eight years.
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EXPLAINER: What are US options for sanctions against Putin? .
WASHINGTON (AP) — The financial options being considered to punish President Vladimir Putin if Russia invades Ukraine range from the sweeping to the acutely personal — from cutting Russia off from U.S. dollars and international banking to slapping sanctions on a former Olympic gymnast reported to be Putin’s girlfriend. Publicly, the United States and European allies have promised to hit Russia financially like never before if Putin does roll his military into Ukraine. Leaders have given few hard details to the public, however, arguing it’s best to keep Putin himself guessing.