A senior White House official detailed in a press conference on Monday the levers the United States is ready to operate.
If Putin moved, there would be increased demand from our allies Eastern Europe for
more troops, capabilities and exercises, and
the United States would respond favorably, said this source.
No military response
The senior official, however, made it clear that a direct US military response, in the event of an attack on Ukraine, was not currently being considered.
The United States does not seek to find itself in a position where the direct use of American forces would be at the center of our reflections., the source said.
Washington intends to favor, in the event of an invasion of Ukraine,
a combination of several elements: from
support for the Ukrainian army,
strong economic sanctions and
a substantial increase in support and capabilities with our allies in NATO.
Meeting with the Ukrainian President
US President to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
in the following days his interview with Vladimir Poutine, again let know the senior official of the White House.
He said that Secretary of State Antony Blinken would have a conversation with the Ukrainian head of state on Monday.
Volodymyr Zelensky has also summarized the result of this meeting on Twitter.
” We have agreed to continue to take joint and concerted action. We are grateful to our American partners and allies for their support of our sovereignty and territorial integrity. Nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine. “
By the way, the American president
will meet with key European allies later today to coordinate the message that he will address by videoconference to his Russian counterpart, and ensure that he
approaches this conversation with Vladimir Putin in unity with the allies and in strong transnational solidarity.
The Kremlin told him on Monday not to expect a
breakthrough during the virtual interview. The conversation between the two men should mainly revolve around Ukraine.
Kiev and its allies accuse Russia of having massed troops and tanks on its border in anticipation of an attack.
” We do not know if President Putin has made a decision on a possible military escalation in Ukraine. But we do know that it is building up the capabilities to initiate such an escalation. “
Moscow for its part denies any bellicose intention, but puts forward certain demands, in particular a commitment that Ukraine will not join NATO, as a large number of countries of the former Soviet bloc have done.
However, neither Kiev nor the United States intend to make such a commitment, even if, in fact, the procedure for Ukraine’s accession to the military alliance, although officially open, seems frozen.
The US president and his Russian counterpart have already spoken on the phone in January, April and July, and saw each other in flesh and blood in Geneva last July.
This time they use another format, that of videoconferencing
secure, said the White House.
Joe Biden had already spoken recently by interposed screens with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The American president has never mince words about Vladimir Putin, doubting that the latter has a
soul and even calling it
killer in public.
He also claims to be the champion of democracy in the world, a position difficult to hold if the United States turns a blind eye to another Russian attack on Ukraine.
But the 79-year-old Democrat is also hoping, or at least so far hoped, for a relationship.
stable and predictable with Russia.
Vladimir Putin, for his part, is keen to assert Russia as a power in the global geopolitical game, today dominated by the rivalry between China and the United States.
Ukraine has been torn since 2014 by a war that has left more than 13,000 dead between Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, which Russia is accused by the West of supporting. The conflict started after Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.