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World: Antony Blinken in Germany to evoke possible sanctions against Moscow

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 Northern Korea makes its 3rd missile test © AFP L in North Korea shot two new ballistic missiles on Friday, according to the South Korean army, which constitutes the third trial d Armament by Pyongyang since the beginning of 2022 despite new American sanctions. These launches intervene after the decision of Washington to impose new financial sanctions against five North Korean nationals, following previous missile tests, presented as hypersonic. After this ad, Pyongyang promised Friday to never give up his "right to self-defense".

Le secrétaire d'État américain Anthony Blinken le 19 janvier à Kiev. © Reuters - Pool US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on January 19th in Kiev.

Antony Blinken was Wednesday, January 19th in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, where he met President Volodymyr Zelensky, as well as the leader of DMYTRO KOULEBA diplomacy. Before a meeting scheduled in Geneva with his counterpart Russian Sergei Lavrov, the US Secretary of State is expected on Thursday in Berlin where he will be received by his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock, as well as members of the "Transatlantic Quad".

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"No options are excluded" to respond to a Russian attack in Ukraine, announces the White House

 © Sergey Pivovarov many Russian armed means are posted not far from Ukrainian borders (illustration). Reuters / Sergey Pivovarov The tension seems to rise again a notch in this war of declarations between Russia and the United States. "We are at a stage where Russia can launch an attack in Ukraine at any time," said the White House spokesperson on Tuesday, speaking of an "extremely dangerous situation".

The more time passes and the more the United States are worried that the Kremlin does not launch an attack on Ukraine. "If they invade [Ukraine], they will pay it, they will no longer be able to go through the banks, they will not be able to make transactions in dollars," warned Joe Biden on Wednesday, evoking, in addition to these sanctions without Previous against the Russian economy, the risk of "heavy" human losses on the battlefield.

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What sanctions?

A message of concern that Antony Blinken reiterated this Wednesday in Kiev, even if the latter did not lose hope that a diplomatic and peaceful solution allows to avoid such a scenario.

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in Berlin where he will be received by his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock, who was herself in Kiev and Moscow Monday and Tuesday , Antony Blinken intends to address the issue of possible sanctions against Moscow, including the exclusion of Russia. "SWIFT", a vital system of international banking. But for Nicolas Tenzer, Politologist, Teacher at Sciences Po Paris and Information Officer of the Letter Desk Russia, these are other types of sanctions that could be announced: "On this issue, the positions are quite divergent between the United States. United and Europe and Europe itself is deeply divided. The exclusion of the SWIFT system, the Germans are not favorable. France has not made it clear to know its position on this subject. There may be another type of sanctions, which aim for the direct surroundings of Vladimir Putin - the anti-corruption foundation created by Navalny, had proposed 35 names of people very close to Putin - whose assets could be frozen in The different countries concerned, and the members of the family of these relatives could be prohibited from travel, which represents a real sanction when we know that some of them have residences all over Europe or in the United States, or that children conduct studies in foreign institutions.

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 Ukraine: Biden criticized for his fatalism on a probable The Republicans are standing against the tenant of the White House who seemed Wednesday Acer a next action of Vladimir Putin in Ukraine © / AP / SIPA a convoy of Russian military in Crimea, January 18, 2022. International crisis - Republicans are windy against the tenant of the White House who seemed Wednesday Acer a next action by Vladimir Putin in Ukraine the international policy of Joe Biden is under the fire of the criticism of Republicans.

For its part, the German Foreign Minister confirmed that his country would do everything to guarantee the security of Ukraine and the security of Europe. Even though it is ready for serious discussions with Russia, it has warned Moscow serious consequences that the country would suffer in case of attack. The question of the North Stream 2 gas pipeline will be very certainly addressed with Antony Blinken and the members of the Transatlantic Quad (United States, Great Britain, France and Germany) on Thursday. Berlin has already suggested that the German government could block the gas pipeline in case of invasion of Ukraine.

The question of financial and military aid for Ukraine will also be on the menu, knowing that Washington has just released $ 200 million and that London has confirmed the sending of armaments. But this question has still not been decided in the European Union, "says Nicolas Tenzer:" The Germans excluded, including because of the old ideological positions of the Greens. The French have not yet positioned officially but we feel reluctant to provide additional lethal weapons to Ukraine. After, how will the Westerners provide to Ukraine in the event of an attack on the means of air surveillance of intelligence, that is to say, without even sending troops to the ground, to the defense of the Ukraine? This is one of the major issues. »

Ukraine: Berlin announces that sanctions against Russia will target North Stream 2 .
© John MacDougall AFP / Archivos The commissioning of the gas pipeline remains blocked by the German energy regulator, for legal reasons. The North Stream 2 German-Russian pipeline will be part of the possible sanctions against Russia in the event of a Moscow attack against Ukraine? The German Foreign Minister wanted this Thursday to clarify the position of his country. In front of the Bundestag, Annalena Baerbock clarified the position of the German government on the German-Russian pipeline.

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