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Washington threatens Moscow with sanctions in case of offensive against Ukraine

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We don’t know whether President Putin made the decision to invade or not. We know that he is putting in place the means to act quickly if he decides to do so., said the US Secretary of State after a meeting in the Latvian capital Riga with his counterparts from NATO countries.

If Russia chooses the path of confrontation, when it comes to Ukraine, we have made it clear that we will respond decisively, including with a range of high-impact measures that we have refused to take in the past., added Antony Blinken.

According to Kiev, Moscow has massed more than 90,000 troops on the Russian-Ukrainian border.

Russia, which annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014, claims not to want to lead an offensive, but to act in reaction to the behavior it considers threatening on the part of Ukraine and NATO.

The Kremlin says it fears that Kiev is seeking to take back by force areas controlled by pro-Russian separatists in Donbass, a region in eastern Ukraine, which the Ukrainian government denies.

It is impossible for Russia to take de-escalation measures due to the massive deployment of Ukrainian troops near the border, Moscow says.

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline targeted for sanctions?

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba said Europe was at a crossroads and criticized Russia for wanting to blame Ukraine.

Once again, I want to officially state that Ukraine does not plan any military offensive in Donbass. This is baseless Russian propaganda intended to cover up Russian preparations for a potential attack, he told reporters.

Antony Blinken, who did not give details on the sanctions envisaged by the United States, called on Moscow and Kiev to return to the diplomatic channel and put back on track a draft peace agreement for the east of Ukraine.

If Russia has managed in the past to overcome sanctions imposed following its annexation of Crimea, the Western powers now have an additional lever: the possibility of targeting the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the work of which has been recently completed and which should allow Russia to export gas to Germany.

Red line

In Moscow’s eyes, Kiev’s desire to integrate the European Union and NATO constitutes a Red line which fueled tensions between Russia and the West.

A soldier in a trench

Ukrainian soldier in a trench near Dontetsk

Photo: afp via getty images / ANATOLII STEPANOV

Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia wants serious negotiations with the United States and its allies to ensure that the Transatlantic Alliance does not expand eastward and that no weapons system is positioned near the Russian territory.

The Russian president warned on Tuesday that Moscow had at its disposal a new hypersonic weapon, tested recently, in the event that NATO were to cross one of its red lines and deploy missiles in Ukraine.

The idea that Ukraine poses a threat to Russia would be a bad joke if the situation weren’t so dire, reacted Antony Blinken in a press conference. NATO is by nature a defensive alliance, we are not a threat to Russia.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has dismissed accusations that the Alliance is provoking Russia with its military maneuvers in the Black Sea.

The problem with Russia is that it is not transparent, it has very aggressive rhetoric and a history showing that it has already used the pretext of military exercises as a cover for aggressive actions against its neighbors., he said at a virtual event hosted by Reuters.

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