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Who will take the lead in the Ukrainian crisis?

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At a press conference at the White House, US President Joe Biden took a very firm tone to denounce Russian aggression and tried to present a united Western front.

Putin’s aggression against Ukraine will end up costing Russia dearly. Putin will be a pariah on the international stage. »

A quote from Joe Biden, President of the United States

The new sanctions target Russian banks, elites and exports.

In the medium term, however, the outcome can only be diplomatic, underlines Geneviève Tellier, professor at the University of Ottawa, in an interview with ICI RDI. We can only get out of this crisis through dialoguesays Ms. Tellier, who doubts the effectiveness of economic sanctions, however painful they may be, in restraining Russia.

It will eventually be necessary to agree with Mr. Putin, believes Mrs. Tellier, who deplores the absence of a strong figure, like that of the former German chancellor Angela Merkel, who could speak on behalf of the Europeans.

All eyes are on the American president, the interlocutor chosen by Vladimir Putin since the start of the crisis. Is Joe Biden the man for the job?

He will be up to it, says Julien Tourreille, researcher at the Observatory on the United States of the Raoul-Dandurand Chair at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). President Biden is well suited to stand up to Vladimir Putinhe points out.

Joe Biden is someone who has extensive experience in international issues, who knows how to prepare, who knows the consequences, the significance of this type of event and who can therefore respond to them appropriately. »

A quote from Julien Tourreille, researcher at the Raoul-Dandurand Chair at UQAM

Having learned from the mistakes made during the withdrawal from Afghanistan, he took the time this time to clearly explain to the Americans the seriousness of the situation and the importance of remaining present in Europe within NATO.

common front

Divided until very recently on the Ukrainian question, the Europeans are now trying to present a united front. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen argued that it was a barbarian attack to which Member States would respond with massive sanctions.

Germany, cautious at the start, announced at the beginning of the week its decision to suspend the authorization of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline linking Europe to Russia. The invasion of Ukraine is a glaring violation of international law which jeopardize the peace in Europe, said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also condemned the events and called the Russian president a dictator. He unveiled new measures against banks and the Russian elite based in London.

The only discordant note came from China, whose Foreign Minister Wang Yi said understand Russia’s reasonable security concerns.

On Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that sanctions are never a fundamental and effective way to solve the problem, and had called unilateral sanctions illegal.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, however, shows the limits of international diplomacy, observes Bob Rae, Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, on the program Midday information. It will be difficult to resume contacts with Russia, insofar as there is no trust between other countries and Russia.

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