Ukraine: Diplomacy Gains Ground, Continuation of Negotiations – Biden’s Message

Ukraine: Diplomacy Gains Ground, Continuation of Negotiations – Biden’s Message

The situation in Ukraine remains on the razor’s edge as well despite the assurances of Moscowbut also Putin himself, that Russia does not want a war with Ukraine, the West appears cautious, still considering extremely the invasion scenario is possible. It is recalled that today the West estimated that Russia would invade Ukraine, a catastrophic scenario, which for the time being, seems to be receding with diplomacy gaining ground.

“As far as Russia is concerned, I can assure you that there will be no attack today Wednesday. “There will be no escalation next week or next – not next month,” EU Ambassador Vladimir Tsizov told Die Welt, published in a German newspaper.

Indicative is the disgust of Joe Biden during his sermon yesterday. “The United States is ready, no matter what happens. We are ready with diplomacy, engage in diplomacy with Russia and our allies and partners to improve stability and security in Europe as a whole. And we are ready to answer decisively in a possible Russian attack on Ukraine, which is still very likely. “All the events of the last weeks and months, this was our approach and it remains our approach now,” said the American president.

He noted that it exists “Margin for diplomacy” with Russia to avoid a conflict in Europe.

“The Russian government has publicly suggested that diplomacy be continued. “I agree,” Biden said, adding that “we must give diplomacy every chance to succeed.”

At the same time, despite the announcements of the Russian Ministry of Defense that yesterday withdrew part of the Russian troops from the Russian border, the American president pointed out that “the USA has not yet verified it” warning that “the invasion remains clearly possible”.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, however, said the Biden administration could impose sanctions on Russia even if President Putin decide not to invade Ukraine.

“We have not yet verified that Russian military units are returning to their bases. Indeed, our analysts point out that they remain in a very threatening position, and the fact that there are currently more than 150,000 soldiers “In areas around Ukraine and Belarus and along the Ukrainian border, the invasion remains clearly possible.”

After all, at a time when Moscow was publishing images of Russian troops withdrawing from exercise fields, US media were projecting new images of Russian military convoys heading to the border with Ukraine and air support reaching Crimea.

In fact, the Ukrainian president, Zilensky, in his speech on Monday night, stated that he was informed about a Russian invasion today, Wednesday, February 16.

Western reservations

At the same time, the West is trying to interpret the moves of Vladimir Putin, who, before meeting with Olaf Solz, harshly commented on US scenarios for an impending Russian invasion. “Isn’t the exact time when the war will start being published?” He said characteristically.

The style of Russian officials is similar.

“February 15 will be written in history as the day that Western war propaganda failed. “They were ashamed and destroyed without a single shot being fired,” said Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Despite the first sign of the Kremlin retreating after months of escalating tensions, the West insists the threat of invasion remains.

Ukraine appeared positive but cautious. “Together with our allies, we have been able to prevent further escalation by Russia. Of course, we do not believe what we hear. “We believe in what we see,” said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.

However, NATO also showed skepticism. “We have not seen any de-escalation
“There are no signs of a reduced Russian military presence on the border with Ukraine.”

But Europe also seemed moderately optimistic.

“If (the withdrawal of troops) is confirmed, it will be a positive message, a sign of the de-escalation we have been asking for weeks,” said French government spokesman Gabriel Atal.

For his part, Boris Johnson described the messages as confusing. “And that’s another reason to stay united and tough (in our stance).”

Putin: We do not want war

Meanwhile, once again, Vladimir Putin in his meeting with Olaf Solz reiterated that Russia does not want a war. Putin and his meeting with Olaf Solz. The German chancellor tried to calm down Russia’s concerns about NATO’s expansion to the east, while the Russian president left the window of dialogue open, but asked for additional guarantees.

“The responses we have received from the US and NATO do not live up to our expectations, but there are some issues that could be discussed,” Putin said.

For his part, Solz assured that “the issue of NATO enlargement to the east is a somewhat strange situation, as it is not even on the agenda.

Earlier, however, the Russian ambassador to the European Union clarified that Russia would respond if challenged.

The decision of the Russian parliament to adopt a resolution calling on Vladimir Putin to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine threatens to ignite again.

Despite the first faint signs of de-escalation, the scene of the war has been set on the flammable chessboard of the Ukrainian front and everyone remains in their positions with their finger on the trigger until the next move is made …

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