The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has insisted this Tuesday that a Russian invasion of Ukraine ‘very possible’ and denounces that Moscow maintains a “threatening” posture against the former Soviet republic.
Biden has reported that Washington has not yet verified the withdrawal of some Russian troops from the border with Ukraine, something that he has assured that “it would be positive”, and has stressed that, on the contrary, there is more than 150,000 troops deployed who remain in “a threatening position”
Biden’s speech comes in a context of skepticism from the United States government about the Russia’s willingness to lower tension with Ukraine and amid Washington’s insistence that Moscow could attack the former soviet republic this week.
Phone call with Macron
Hours earlier, the US president held his fourth telephone call with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, on the crisis between Russia and Ukraine, in which both agreed that the withdrawal of some Russian units from the border It is a good signalalthough they have pointed out that It must be verified and one must be cautious.
Elysee sources have indicated that the conversation has served to confirm their opinion that it is necessary to “take note of these measures”, “assess the quality of that ad” and “check its significant reach“.
In the same vein, the deputy national security adviser to the US president, Daleep Singh, stated in an interview with the chain CNBC that “actions speak louder than words” and has asserted that the United States “will monitor very carefully what happens on the ground“.
Washington insists on a peaceful solution
The State Department said on Tuesday that a window is still open to “peacefully” resolve the crisis with Russia over Ukraine.
The Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has had a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Serge Lavrov, in which he has reiterated his “concerns” that Russia has the “capacity” to launch “an invasion against Ukraine at any time“, something that has warned that it would result in “a rapid, severe and united response” from the transatlantic allies.
Blinken has also underlined “the need to see a credible, significant and verifiable de-escalation” by Moscow on its border with Ukraine.
US protests Russia’s absence at OSCE meeting
The US ambassador to the OSCE, Michael Carpenter, protested on Tuesday against the Russia’s absence from a meeting convened at the request of Ukraine to give explanations about his military movements near the Ukrainian border.
“Russia has not only refused to acknowledge Ukraine’s legitimate security concerns, but has even refused to participate in one of the central pillars of the risk reduction regime of the OSCE”, criticized Carpenter, who added that Russia “has characterized Ukraine’s invocation of risk reduction measures according to the Vienna Document, also agreed by Russia, as unacceptable and provocative”.
According to the OSCE Vienna Document, any of the 57 associated countries can ask for explanations on military movements or concentrations near its territory. In the case of exceeding 9,000 soldiers, the country must inform the partners and in the case of more than 13,000 troops, it must even invite international observers. According to NATO information, Russia has deployed more than 100,000 soldiers near the border with Ukraine.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.