NOTAfter the crisis talks between Russia and the Western states, the United States once again urgently warned Moscow against further escalation of the Ukrainian conflict. President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Thursday in preparation for the deployment of Russian troops to the border with Ukraine: “The risk of a military invasion is certain to be high.” The secret service has not yet been closed came to the assessment “that the Russians have finally decided on military action in Ukraine”. Sullivan again called on Moscow to defuse and reduce the number of troops in the region.
The security adviser said: “We and our allies are prepared for any eventuality. This applies both to diplomatic negotiations and in the event that Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks military escalation. “We have made clear to Russia the costs and consequences of further military actions or the destabilization of Ukraine.” Sullivan again threatened Moscow with economic and financial sanctions, export control measures and Ukrainian armament “if the Russian army crosses the Ukrainian border”. .
Representatives of the 30 NATO countries and Russia held talks on Wednesday for the first time in two and a half years – on the conflict in Ukraine and the security guarantees that Moscow demands of the transatlantic military alliance. A meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) also took place on Thursday. A high-level meeting of representatives of Russia and the United States was held in Geneva on Monday.
Russia sees its security threatened by NATO and therefore calls for an end to NATO’s expansion towards the East and, in particular, the renunciation of the admission of Ukraine. The United States categorically rejects such a commitment. Western states, on the other hand, are alarmed by the deployment of Russian troops near Ukraine.
Sullivan said, “The talks have been frank and direct, they have been helpful. The United States would now consult its allies on how to proceed. There is currently no date for further negotiations with Russia. Moscow was disappointed with the negotiations. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax news agency that there are no new talks with the United States at the moment.
No comment on the withdrawal of nuclear weapons
Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock called for talks with Russia to continue, despite the lack of results. “Even though there haven’t been any real moves yet, it is important to finally get back to the dialogue table,” the Green politician said on Thursday on the sidelines of an EU meeting in Brest, in France. “The important thing is that we sit at the table, that discussions take place now. And indeed – even if it is hard – with a lot of patience and perseverance. “
In view of the possible stationing of Russian troops in Cuba and Venezuela, Sullivan said: “If Russia moved in this direction, we would act decisively. He didn’t give details. The Moscow government had not ruled out such a move if talks on binding security guarantees failed.
It is not yet clear whether there could be any compromises. On whether, in their view, the withdrawal of nuclear weapons from countries like Germany, demanded by Russia, should be discussed, Baerbock declined to comment specifically in Brest. “Disarmament issues must and must be discussed. But now that you’ve just sat down at the table, I’m not openly commenting on any individual consideration, ”she said.
Klitschko calls for German help
Baerbock plans to visit Moscow next week and meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov there. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, this will be Lavrov’s first personal meeting with the new German foreign minister.
Faced with concerns over a Russian attack on Ukraine, the mayor of Kiev, Vitali Klitschko, is also awaiting support from the German government. Germany is reluctant to provide his country with defensive weapons – according to him for fear of provoking Putin further. “This position is difficult to understand,” he said “Bild”.
Regarding the negotiations between the United States and Russia on the security of Ukraine without the direct participation of his country, Klitschko said it was a slap in the face. The United States assured that no decision on Ukraine would be taken in negotiations with Russia without involving the country.