The United States warned today that Russia is preparing for a possible attack against Ukraine that could happen “at any moment,” and warned that it was assessing all options for a response.
“No option is off the table,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters, warning of a “very dangerous situation.”
“We are now at a point where Russia can, at any moment, launch an attack on Ukraine,” she said.
The warning came as US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is visiting the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, this week. After negotiations with Russia ended in a dead end.
Tomorrow Blinkin will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “to strengthen the United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” according to a statement from the US State Department.
Blinken will travel next Thursday (20) to the German capital, Berlin, to hold negotiations with the United Kingdom, France and Germany on the Ukrainian crisis.
However, on Friday (21) it was time for the Foreign Minister to meet in Geneva, Switzerland, with the head of Russian diplomacy, Sergey Lavrov, in search of a solution to the recent escalation towards the conflict.
Although the atmosphere is tense, today Russia and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have sent messages in search of a solution to avoid any direct conflict.
And Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced, after a meeting with his German counterpart Annalina Barbuk, that Moscow is “now waiting for responses” to the proposals to “continue negotiations.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he had called on Russia and NATO allies for further talks on Ukraine.
Today, Lavrov demanded “concrete” responses from the West before continuing to discuss the escalation. One of Russia’s main demands is that NATO provide guarantees It will not expand to include Ukraine and Georgia, Russia’s neighbors.
In addition to the treaty banning the possible expansion of NATO, Russia also wants the Americans and the country’s allies in Europe to abandon the implementation of exercises and military deployments in Eastern Europe.
For Westerners, Russian allegations are unacceptable, although they say they are ready to continue negotiations with Russia in order to avoid an armed conflict with unpredictable consequences.
However, the United Kingdom recently announced that it will send weapons to Ukraine, such as anti-tank missiles, while Kiev has complained that Western countries do not appear to be in a hurry to increase military aid to the country.
* With information from AFP and Reuters in Moscow (Russia) and Washington (USA)
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