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World: Ukraine. France, Germany and the United States threaten Russia of "Lourdes" consequences

Has diplomacy on Ukraine reached a dead end?

  Has diplomacy on Ukraine reached a dead end? The failure of the United States and Russia this week to find a diplomatic solution to fizzing tensions over Eastern European security has increased the chance of a new Russian attack on Ukraine even if full-scale war is far from inevitable, analysts say. - Even if Russia opted for military action, it may not come down to a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Putin could look to responses such as deploying Russian missiles in the separatist-controlled Donbass region of eastern Ukraine or Crimea, according to the prominent Russian security analyst Maxim Suchkov.

Un soldat des forces militaires ukrainiennes vérifie son arme alors qu'il se tient dans une tranchée sur la ligne de front avec les séparatistes soutenus par la Russie près du village de Zolote, dans la région orientale de Lugansk, le 21 janvier 2022. © Anatolii Stepanov / AFP A soldier of Ukrainian military forces checks his weapon while he stands in a trench on the front line With the separatists supported by Russia near the village of Zolote, in the eastern region of Lugansk, January 21, 2022.

gathered during a visio-conference on Monday, the leaders of the United States, France, Great Britain , Italy and Poland promise "very heavy consequences" in Moscow in the case of "aggression" against Ukraine. Faced with the military activities of Russia at Ukrainian borders, NATO countries have sent ships and combat aircraft to strengthen their defense in Eastern Europe.

rigid fronts in Ukraine conflict

 rigid fronts in Ukraine conflict "disturbing": Russia and the West, according to the Kreml, continues "completely opposite" positions. The German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock wants to convey. © ap / dpa / picture alliance Russian soldiers in a military exercise near to the border of Ukraine despite the diplomatic crisis talks on Ukraine conflict recently, the Kreml sees no approach between Russia and the West. In terms of fundamental questions still "completely opposite" positions.

The leaders of the United States and several European countries whose Germany and France affirmed on Monday, January 24 during a videoconferencing their "unreserved" support to the territorial integrity of Ukraine and promised "Very heavy consequences" to Russia in the case of "aggression" against this country.

Participants "were all of the opinion it belongs to Russia to undertake visible initiatives of de-escalation" in

this conflict , indicated the spokesman of the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, following the result of This meeting in particular participated with the leaders of the United States, France, Great Britain, Italy and Poland.

The holding of this videoconferencing had been announced a little earlier in the day by the White House at a time when some divergences seem to appear within the Western camp on the attitude to adopt against Russia.

"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".

This concerns in particular Berlin, very criticized by Ukraine for its refusal, in particular to deliver arms, same defensives, unlike the United States, Great Britain or the Baltic countries.

Similarly, the countries of the Union of the European Union have not yet decreed

the departure of part of their diplomatic staff of Ukraine , while Washington and London have made ads in this direction.

The West willing to pursue the

diplomatic efforts during their videoconference, which also participated by NATO Secretary General, the Western leaders expressed their "great concern" against the grouping of Russian troops on the eastern border of the Ukraine and accused Moscow to be at the origin of the "current tensions", according to the release of Berlin.

Nevertheless, they felt that "the issue of security and stability in Europe could be resolved by the way of negotiation."

They "reaffirmed be willing to continue diplomatic efforts in this regard," undertaken during the month of January with several meetings between Western and Russian leaders. Unsuccessfully visible however so far.

The leaders mentioned the so-called Normandy discussions, which brings together representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France.

The Battle for the Future of the West .
The real prize in Ukraine is the end of American influence in Europe.For so long, many people in Europe, including the U.K., have comforted themselves with platitudes that “hard power” no longer matters, that spheres of influence are outdated, and, even, that geopolitics itself has become somewhat passé. Then Russia sent 100,000 troops to the Ukrainian border. Suddenly playtime was over and once again the future security of Europe was being decided by someone else, somewhere else.

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