The United States prepares for diplomacy “or aggression”





US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenassured this Saturday that his country is willing to solve the crisis in Ukraine through diplomacy but if Moscow chooses the “path of aggression” will impose “severe economic sanctions” in coordination with its allies.

While waiting for this Saturday the leaders of the United States and Russia, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin have a phone conversation -the first since December 30- about the crisis in Ukraine and in the midst of the alert about an imminent Russian invasion, Blinken has assured that Washington prioritizes iinterest in resolving the situation through diplomacy.

But that in case Moscow chooses the path of aggression, they are also prepared. “If President Putin decides to take military actionwe will quickly impose severe economic sanctions in coordination with allies and partners around the world,” said Blinken, who is scheduled to talk today with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

The head of US diplomacy has stated that in this conversation he will ask Lavrov about the Russian response to US proposals to resolve this crisis. “So far, we have only seen escalation from Moscow. This is a crucial moment, we are prepared for whatever happens,” she said.

The EU and the US coordinate possible sanctions

The European Commission has assured in a statement that the EU and US are coordinating preparations for a sanctions package “robust and comprehensive”, which would be applied swiftly in the event of military aggression by Russia.

The subject was raised in a conversation on Friday night between the chief of staff of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Bjoern Seibert and the US Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Shermanaccording to the statement.

Seibert and Sherman “reaffirmed the importance of territorial sovereignty, the preservation of existing borders, and the political independence of Ukraine“. They discussed in particular “the steps taken by the EU and the US to encourage Russia to prioritize de-escalation, choose the path of diplomacy and refrain from all hostilities”. They further reiterated that “any new Russian aggression against Ukraine would have massive consequences and heavy costs” for Russia.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyenreaffirmed on Friday that all options are on the table in the event that Russia militarily attacks Ukraine and informed European leaders and allies about the sanctions that the community bloc is preparing for that scenario, during a videoconference meeting organized by the US president. Joe Biden.

Also the high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, the Spanish Joseph Borrellhas conveyed to the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmitro Kuleba, the EU’s willingness to “act” in the event of “greater Russian aggression”.

US gives its citizens 48 hours to leave Ukraine

Fear of imminent attack

The possibilities of a Russian intervention in Ukrainian territory have been increasing in recent days. On Friday, the White House security adviser, Jake Sullivangave US citizens residing in Ukraine a within 48 hours to leave the country in the face of the “clear possibility” of an attack by Moscow “at any moment”. Russia has also announced its decision to “optimize” its number of diplomatic personnel in Kiev, without clarifying that it implies a reduction.

The European Unionfor its part, has indicated that it will allow the non-essential diplomatic personnel leave Ukraine and can telecommute from outside the country, while sources from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs have stated that they are “analyzing the situation in contact with our partners and allies in the EU and NATO” and that Spain has “ready the evacuation device to activate it if necessary”.

Biden Says Americans “Should Leave Now” From Ukraine – Watch Now

The Ukrainian government has called for calm and has ensured that the armed forces are prepared to repel any attack on the country. “Now it is essential to maintain calm and unity within the country and avoid actions that undermine stability and sow panic,” sources from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry have assured.

For his part, the British Undersecretary of Defence, J.ames heappeyhas stated that the UK citizens ‘must leave Ukraine immediately’ by any means possible” and should not expect a military evacuation like the one that took place in Afghanistan last summer.

USA will send 3,000 more soldiers to Poland, a contingent that adds to the 2,000 already displaced in the area and another 1,000 who have been in Germany since last week.

However, NATO estimates that some 100,000 Russian soldiers are near the Ukrainian bordersEnough to attack the country.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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