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Biden warns Putin of a ‘strong and costly, quick and tough’ response if he invades Ukraine

Yesterday, Joe Bden warned Vladimir Putin in an emergency message that lasted just over an hour that “if Russia launches a new invasion of Ukraine, the United States, together with its allies and partners, will respond decisively and impose swift and harsh measures on Russia.” “

It was a desperate and seemingly fruitless interview as the war drums began to rumble over Washington’s confidence that Putin was ready to order an attack, probably “next week” and specifically “Wednesday.” SPIEGEL.

The President of the United States tells his colleague that the war will cause “universal human suffering and weaken the position of Russia.”

According to what White House officials indicated, the US president reiterated to the Russian president that “while the United States remains ready to engage in diplomacy, in full coordination with our partners, we are equally prepared for other scenarios,” which is for the war.

Biden also told Putin that “a new invasion of Ukraine — after the 2014 invasion that led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea — would cause massive human suffering and weaken Russia’s authority.”

The call lasted just over an hour and came when Washington ordered the evacuation of its embassy in Kiev, which was supported by many allies.

Putin responded to Biden that US counteroffers to his Ukraine demands “do not address Moscow’s key concerns,” a Kremlin spokesman said. Such unsatisfied claims center on NATO refusing to integrate Ukraine into its ranks and drastically reducing its presence in Eastern Europe: two requests that Washington and its allies rule out by virtue of the “full sovereignty” of a country Russia wants back in its “zone influence” and now surrounds it – from the north, south and east – from 100,000 to 130,000 soldiers equipped with a powerful war machine.

In any case, the development of the crisis in Ukraine due to its dual path of diplomacy and pre-war escalation was yesterday more paradoxical and shocking than ever, in a situation that was as disturbing as it was unusual from the very beginning.

The call lasted just over an hour and came when Washington ordered the evacuation of its embassy in Kiev, which was supported by many allies.

The dialogue between Biden and Putin took place while the government of the former acted as if it considered it almost inevitable that the latter would attack sooner or later. So, while the leaders were talking, the US government ordered the evacuation of its embassy in Ukraine – with the exception of the central group – after already urging its citizens to leave the country. A mode of action adapted to the Latin maxim of proper preparation for armed conflict: Si vis pacem, para bellum.

In briefings Washington held on Friday with its key interlocutors in NATO and the European Union, senior U.S. liaison officials outlined the Russians’ plans and deployment of troops, with specific routes they said would lead to an invasion likely will start February 16th. But both officials publicly admitted that they did not know that Moscow had decided to attack.

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“We are not saying that Putin has made a final decision, but rather that we are in an urgent situation,” White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan explained, commenting on what he considered clear signs of preparations for an invasion “before the end of the Winter Olympics.” in Pekin; that is, until the 20th.

Macron and Blinken are trying to strengthen the diplomatic channel between the rudeness of Moscow

The telephone interview between the leaders of the two superpowers involved in this increasingly heated Cold War was preceded by diplomatic speeches by two prominent opening acts: French President Emmanuel Macron, who spoke for an hour and 40 minutes with his Russian counterpart just before Biden did. and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who had a 35-minute conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Both conversations followed predictable channels. Putin reiterated to Macron that he “has no offensive intentions” with regard to Ukraine, Eusebio Wahl, a La Vanguardia correspondent in Paris, said, citing Elysee sources. This call was part of the ongoing contacts that the two leaders maintain to avoid escalation in Ukraine. The conclusion essentially coincided with the Kremlin’s somewhat less delicate assertion that the thesis and information about the impending invasion are the result of “hysteria” in Washington, which has now “reached its climax.”

The interviews between the US and Russian foreign ministers had a somewhat more constructive tone, judging by what was relayed by the press secretaries. Blinken told Lavrov that the diplomatic channel remains “open” to avoid conflict, but would require Moscow to “de-escalate.”

“We understand that there are risks, but our biggest enemy is the panic that all this information (from Washington) is causing.”

Vladimir ZelenskyPresident of Ukraine

Washington’s repeated, alarming, and highly accurate warnings of an impending attack contrasted not only with the proliferation of telephone contacts to avoid disaster and Putin’s announcement that he was not planning an invasion, but also with the more calm and skeptical attitude of the government of the country concerned. “We understand that there are risks,” but “right now the biggest enemy is the panic in the country. And all this information (from Washington) causes panic and does not help us,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

Some allied countries supported the US in its decision to withdraw some of its diplomats from Kiev and urge compatriots living in Ukraine or traveling around the country to leave as soon as possible. Brussels has indicated that its diplomatic missions will remain open, but the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, clarified that “staff presence and travel advice” are being adjusted. President Pedro Sanchez was one of the leaders who made this call.

In this crisis, the American superpower is counting on its partners for everything.


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