Conflict in Ukraine: The OSCE, meeting this Thursday, counts the violations of the agreements and plays the arbitrators
© OSCE in Stanytsia Luhanska, OSCE observers meet inhabitants. place at the third and final sequence of an intense diplomatic ballet to defuse the risk of a conflict in Ukraine: the Permanent Council for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is meeting this Thursday, January 13, 2022 in Vienna ( Austria) to continue the dialogue between Russia, the United States and their European allies.
Ukraine-crisis-Putin-Parliament: the Russian Duma could ask Putin to recognize the independence of Donbass © Reuters / Grigory Dukor the Russian Parliament could Ask Putin to recognize the independence of Donbass
Moscow (Reuters) - La Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament, will debate next week of a proposal to ask President Vladimir Putin to recognize the independence of the two regions Secessionists of the East of Ukraine, said Friday, his president.
Viatcheslav Volodine made this announcement at a few hours of discussions between the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Geneva on the situation in Ukraine.
US Senate debates new sanctions against North Stream 2
Against the background of the Ukraine conflict, the US Senate has dealt with possible new sanctions against the controversial Baltic Sea Pipeline Nord Stream 2. Senators debated on Thursday for a bill submitted by the Republican Ted Cruz, which aims in particular on the operator company Nord Stream 2 AG. The text at the same time limits the powers of President Joe Biden to grant exceptions of sanctions under reference to national security interests.
Asked about it, Kremlin's spokesperson, Dmitri Peskov, said it should be preferable to avoid initiatives that emphasize tensions and suggested to avoid the temptation of "political strokes" in the current context.
Russia has, however, bidding the auctions since it has formulated a series of "proposals" for it to ensure its own security, including the cessation of the expansion of NATO east and in particular in Ukraine - categorically rejected by Westerners.
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after the fall of the President Pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovich, Russia has annexed the Ukrainian Crimea Peninsula in 2014 and militarily supported the Russian-speaking separatists of Donbass, who proclaimed the "republics" of Donetsk and Louhansk and refuse to return to the Kiev's giron.
Ukraine: The Kremlin advises Washington not to cross "a limit"
© Ramil Sitdikov / Sputnik / Sputnik via AFP L Tension no longer stops climbing between Washington and Moscow, at the beginning of the year 2022. Thursday, January 13, Vladimir Putin indicated that the adoption of American sanctions against the Russia would be the exceeding of a "limit" in the tumultuous relations which oppose the two blocks. This declaration followed the presentation by the United States of a plan aimed at sanctioning Russian vulneys in Ukraine .
The formal recognition of the independence of these two Ukrainian regions is one of the retaliation measures that Vladimir Putin could decide whether the outcome of the negotiations with the Westerners does not satisfy Moscow.
In a statement broadcast on Telegram, the President of the Duma promises to follow up on the proposal filed by eleven deputies, including the leader of the Communist Party Guennadi Ziouganov, who asks the Russian President to recognize the independence of the republics of Donetsk and Louhansk. to protect their inhabitants of external threats.
Moscow delivered more than 600,000 Russian passports to the inhabitants of these regions of Donbass since 2014.
"We see that the president (Ukrainian) Zelenski ignores Minsk's agreements (peace). NATO wants to occupy Ukraine. 'One and the other can lead to a tragedy. We can not let it happen ", justifies Viratcheslav Volodine.
Western leaders have repeated many times that the issue of Ukraine's accession to NATO did not arise in the short term, while refusing to exclude this initiative.
(Report of Andrew Osborn, French version Tangi Salaün, edited by Blandine Hénault and Sophie Louet)
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