These remarks come as a meeting was held on Wednesday in Paris between the diplomatic advisers of the Russian, Ukrainian and French presidents and the German chancellor.
This meeting in the diplomatic format said to
Normandydating from 2015, aims to defuse the crisis after a series of unsuccessful talks between Russians and Americans last week.
Tensions have steadily risen in recent months around Ukraine, Moscow was accused of having moved tens of thousands of soldiers to the border for an offensive. Russia demands guarantees for its security, including the rejection of Kiev’s accession to theNATO.
A written response from the
US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he could
design to personally sanction Vladimir Putin, promising
enormous consequences if Moscow attacked Ukraine, a decision that
would change the world.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed these threats, saying on Wednesday that such sanctions would not be
not painful politically for the Russian leader, although
destructive for relations between Moscow and the West.
If Mr. Biden did not specify the nature of these possible sanctions against Mr. Putin, the American sanctions most often involve a freezing of assets and a ban on transactions with the United States.
Mr. Peskov thus underlined that Russian law prohibits in principle the country’s senior officials from owning assets abroad, therefore believing that such measures
are not painful at all for the authorities.
The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov, told him that
if the West continues its warlike path, Moscow will take the necessary countermeasures. He once again denounced
hysteria Westerners about the supposed imminence of a Russian intervention in Ukraine.
An “insufficient” number of Russian soldiers for an invasion
Russia has increased military maneuvers in recent weeks, including on the Ukrainian borders with exercises launched on Tuesday involving some 6,000 men, fighter jets and bombers in the South and in Crimea, a peninsula that Moscow annexed in 2014.
Moscow had previously announced naval maneuvers in the Atlantic, Arctic, Pacific and Mediterranean as well as joint exercises with Belarus, on the borders of the European Union.
A detachment of the Russian Northern Fleet entered the Barents Sea on Wednesday as part of these exercises, and the Black Sea Fleet deployed about 20 ships.
Russia has also massed up to 100,000 troops on Ukrainian borders. If Ukraine has been alarmed for weeks by an imminent invasion, it nevertheless estimated on Wednesday that this number was still
insufficient to launch a major attack on the country.
is important, it poses a threat to Ukrainecorn
as we speak, this number is insufficient for a full-scale offensive against Ukraine along the entire Ukrainian bordersaid the head of Ukrainian diplomacy Dmytro Kouleba.
The United States, for its part, placed some 8,500 soldiers on alert Monday, which could reinforce the Rapid Reaction Force of theNATO of 40,000 soldiers. However, the decision to deploy them has not been taken.
L’NATO has announced that it is placing forces on standby and sending ships and fighter jets to strengthen its defenses in Eastern Europe, while Russia considers Alliance troops in its neighborhood an existential threat .
Another possible source of tension, a senior Russian parliament official, Andrei Tourchak, called on Wednesday for the delivery of weapons to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, which Kiev has been fighting since 2014 in a war that has killed more than 13,000 people. dead.