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Washington promises harsh response if Russia crosses Ukrainian border


If Russian military forces cross the border of Ukraine, it will constitute a new invasion that will attract a swift, severe and united response from the United States and our allies., said his spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

While, from Kiev, its Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on Moscow to choose the peaceful way Two days before a new Russian-American diplomatic face-to-face, the President of the United States blew hot and cold on Wednesday during a long press conference.

US President Joe Biden.

US President Joe Biden during a press conference Wednesday at the White House.

Photo: Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla

I think he still don’t want a full scale war, he launched about his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

However, he will test the West. I think he will come back in Ukraine one way or another, he will have to do something, said Joe Biden.

Ambiguous wording

If it’s a minor incursion, members of theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization are likely to be divided on the extent of the response, but if the Russians do what they can with the forces they have massed on the border, it will be a disaster for Russia, he insisted. The situation could spin out of control, he was alarmed.

This ambiguous formulation on an incursion minor, drew sharp criticism from the opposition, which criticized the Democratic president for resigning himself to a Russian attack.

Joe Biden’s helplessness has emboldened Vladimir Putin, and now he’s just given Putin the green light to invade Ukraine, reacted on Twitter Republican Senator Tom Cotton. So if he only takes certain areas of Ukraine, our response will be less severe than if he annexes everything?, was also indignant his colleague Marco Rubio.

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Faced with the emerging outcry, the White House also assured that it had only established a difference between an offensive military on the one hand and non-military, paramilitary or cyber on the other hand. Each of these actions will have its proportional response, assured a spokesperson, Emily Horne, on Twitter.

Joe Biden has in any case firmly detailed the consequences of a major invasion.

If they invade, they will pay for it, they will no longer be able to go through the banks, they will not be able to make transactions in dollars. »

A quote from Joe Biden, President of the United States

Mr. Biden also spoke of the risk of heavy casualties on the battlefield.

The 46th President of the United States, whose first anniversary in the White House is tarnished, on the international scene, by this crisis with the flavor of the Cold War, nevertheless extended his hand to Russia’s demands and even says ready for a new high with Vladimir Putin.

The guarantees wanted by Putin

About the guarantee demanded by the Kremlin that Ukraine will never join theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization, he argued that in fact, it was unlikely that Kiev would become a member of the Atlantic Alliance in the near future – even if in principle it does not close its door.

On the promise that the West will not deploy strategic weapons on Ukrainian territory, we can find a solution, on the basis of reciprocity, he assured.

After a series of diplomatic talks in Europe last week, Moscow and Washington are due to try again on Friday to defuse the threat of a new conflict in Ukraine during a face-to-face meeting in Geneva between Antony Blinken and his Russian counterpart. , Sergei Lavrov.

The head of the American diplomacy has already warned that he would not satisfy, during the meeting in Switzerland, the Russian request for a written commitment on his requirements.

And at the same time, the United States announced new aid defensive security $200 million to Ukraine, on top of the $450 million in military assistance already granted.

Russia has deployed tens of thousands of troops to the Ukrainian border, raising fears of an invasion. While denying any plan of attack, the Kremlin insists that a de-escalation requires written guarantees for its security.

I strongly hope that we can stay on a diplomatic and peaceful path, but in the end it will be President Putin’s decision, said in Kiev Antony Blinken, who met on Wednesday with President Volodymyr Zelensky and his head of diplomacy Dmytro Kouleba.

He reiterated that some Russian demands were clearly, absolutely, doomed to fail, such as the formal commitment never to expand theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization to Ukraine.

After Kiev, the American secretary of state is expected in Berlin on Thursday for discussions with Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

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