Conflict in Ukraine: US sanctions against Putin? Russia talks about crossing borders

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Relations between Russia and NATO remain strained. Sanctions against Vladimir Putin are under discussion in the US Senate. This upsets the Kremlin.

Geneva – There are still deep divisions between Russia and the United States. At the first NATO-Russia Council meeting in two years, Wednesday January 12, 2022, no agreement has been reached so far. Russia demands that NATO not send military and weapons to countries where it was not before 1997 and that Ukraine and Georgia do not join NATO.

Russian troops on Ukrainian border: Stoltenberg warns of “real risk of armed conflict”

Meanwhile, Russia is stationing more troops on the Ukrainian border. Despite diplomatic talks, the situation still threatens to escalate: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after the meeting that there was a real risk of armed conflict in Europe.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also referred to a “series of confrontations on the world stage” and criticized the “arrogant” attitude of the West. In the meantime, it no longer excludes the stationing of Russian troops in Cuba and Venezuela. Polish Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairman Zbigniew Rau, meanwhile, considers the danger of war higher than it has been for 30 years. This is what Rau said on Thursday January 13, 2022 in Vienna. The G7 countries have also warned of a real danger of war on the Ukrainian border.

Democrats’ bill: Russia warns against sanctions against Vladimir Putin

Russia has also warned of sanctions against Vladimir Putin, which US Democrats are calling for in the event of an invasion of Ukraine. Democratic senators have tabled a bill providing for sanctions against Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Michoustin, high-ranking members of the Russian military and banks.

The Kremlin in Moscow announced that sanctions would be imposed on a head of state and amount to a severing of relations. The proposal does not help create a “constructive atmosphere” for the negotiations. Meanwhile, Russia increasingly restricts human rights, freedom of speech and press freedom, as shown by the ban of the human rights organization Memorial and the imprisonment of opponents. politicians like Alexej Navalny.

Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference after the NATO-Russia Council meeting on January 12, 2022.

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Russia’s maximum demands on the United States: attempt to split off NATO

According to experts, it is still unclear what Moscow is aiming for with its maximum demands on US President Joe Biden. The Science and Politics Foundation notes in an article that Washington and the EU barely could and barely wanted to meet Russia’s maximum demands. Russia presents itself as a “world power on an equal footing” and the demands are an attempt to split NATO.

It is important to keep a cool head now and negotiate proposals that “do not call into question the alliance or the sovereignty of the post-Soviet partner states”. An appeasement of the situation along the Russian-Ukrainian border should be a condition of the negotiations.

Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock calls on the EU to remain united with Russia. (Archive image)

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Russian troops on the Ukrainian border: EU foreign and defense ministers: meetings inside

Rolf Mützenich, chairman of the SPD parliamentary group, said in an interview with the taz that part of the Kremlin’s security strategy now is to stir up conflicts outside Russian territory. Putin believes that with this discord he will gain security outside his own territory, the SPD politician said.

EU Foreign and Defense Ministers have met in Brest, France, since Thursday (13.01.2022). “This is especially important for autocratic actors like Russia and China: if Europe follows a common path and acts as one, it is a heavyweight – if it acts divided, it fights under its category of weight, “Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) said ahead of the meeting. (df ​​with dpa and afp)

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