Russian forces are sent to Belarus in large numbers, they are transferred to the Ukrainian border. At the same time, the Putin regime believes that it is the United States that is complicit in inciting war.
The Russian government reacted violently to the statements US President Joe Biden spoke about the Ukraine conflict Wednesday evening.
Biden then threatened Russia with significant consequences, including severe sanctions, if it invaded Ukraine.
Biden also said that the human and military consequences of a Russian invasion for Russia would be high, although he admitted that Russia would ultimately emerge victorious from such an invasion of Ukraine purely militarily.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that those threats had not helped ease tensions in the conflict over Ukraine and that Biden’s comments had further destabilized the situation, Reuters news agency reported.
As the AFP news agency tweeted, Russia condemned Biden’s “destabilizing” comments on Ukraine.
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– If Russia actually does what it can with the troops it has on the border, it will be a disaster for Russia, Biden warned in his speech Thursday night.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says the EU is also ready for “massive” economic and financial sanctions.
– We do not accept Russia’s attempts to divide Europe into different spheres. If there is an attack, we are prepared, she said at the opening of the World Economic Forum on Thursday morning.
At the same time, this happens towards the weekend
- The foreign ministers of the United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom meet in Berlin to discuss the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will visit neighboring Poland, where he will stay until Friday.
- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his US counterpart Antony Blinken are also meeting in Geneva on Friday for talks.
The new round of summits between the United States and Russia will be confirmed by Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, the Russian state news agency reports Tass Thursday morning.
The meeting had already been announced by the American side.
According to the spokesman, the foreign ministers will discuss two demands that Russia has made to the United States – an agreement between Russia and the United States with security guarantees and measures to “ensure the security of Russia and NATO members”.
Russia is demanding assurances that Ukraine will not be included in the NATO defense alliance.
On Thursday, US President Joe Biden said there was “room” to discuss the first requirement, but that the NATO requirement could not be discussed with Russia.
He said at the same time that he thought Russia would eventually invade Ukraine, but also warned of the consequences if it actually happens.
Sending troops to Belarus
Russian forces have arrived in Belarus in recent days to take part in a large-scale exercise. Warplanes and air defense units will also take part in the exercise, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Aleksandr Fomin said earlier this week.
The soldiers will be picked up from bases in eastern Russia and practice responding to “external threats” alongside Belarusian armed forces. The exercise must take place from February 10-20, reports NTB.
How many Russian soldiers were sent to the country is not known. Fomin says there is a need to rally the country’s military capabilities in the West.
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“A situation may arise when the regional armed forces are not sufficient to ensure the security of Russia, and we must be ready to strengthen them,” Fomin said, according to the AP news agency.
“We have reached an agreement with Belarus that it is necessary to use all military potential for common defense,” he continued.
The exercise takes place in the west of the country near the border with Ukraine and NATO members Poland and Lithuania.
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Attacks the nerves
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is downplaying the risk of a Russian invasion of the country, even though Russia has deployed large forces along the border.
– The dangers have not only existed for a day and have not increased. The only thing that has grown is the excitement around them, he said in a video to people on Wednesday.
– It is not our country that is under active attack, but your nerves, so you constantly feel panic, he added.
At the same time, Russia’s threats do not seem to deter NATO, on the contrary, Western countries continue to expand their presence in neighboring countries of Russia and Ukraine:
- The United States has approved requests from Baltic countries to send US arms to Ukraine, US State Department spokesmen say.
- French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that France was ready to send troops to eastern NATO countries, particularly Romania.
The case is updated