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Weekend Reads: Ukrainian crisis: Moscow wants Western responses, Blinken expected at Kiev

Conflict in Ukraine: The OSCE, meeting this Thursday, counts the violations of the agreements and plays the arbitrators

 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.

  Crise ukrainienne: Moscou veut des réponses occidentales, Blinken attendu à Kiev © Ministry of Defense Republic of Belarus / AFP

M Oscou claimed Western responses to its demands before new talks on the Ukrainian crisis, on the day before A visit to the Head of American Diplomacy in Ukraine , in the fear of a Russian invasion.

The Russia has deployed tens of thousands of troops on the Ukrainian borders, and says a de-escalation goes through guarantees for its security, especially the commitment to never expand NATO.

Negotiations last week in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna have so far allowed to see the ditch separating Russians and Westerners.

"We are waiting for the answers we have been promised (...) In order to continue negotiations," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov , at a press conference with his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock .

"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".

Shortly after, the Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg said I invited Russia and Alliance Allies to new discussions.

Russia denies all the bellicose vellite in Ukraine and is threatened by the strengthening of NATO in the region. Moscow considers that any de-escalation is only possible if Westerners signed treaties excluding any future enlargement of the Atlantic Alliance.

M. Lavrov also rejected Western demand from withdid tens of thousands of soldiers deployed at the Ukrainian border, and assured that these troops did not threaten anyone.

"More than 100,000 Russian soldiers, equipment and tanks have been deployed near Ukraine, for no reason. It's hard not to see this as a threat," Ms. Baerbock replied.

The State Department has announced the coming Wednesday in Ukraine from the leader of American diplomacy Antony Blinken. He must then go to Berlin for discussions with the United Kingdom , the France and Germany on the Ukrainian file.

Ukrainian Canadians worry about Russia conflict: ‘I’m afraid for my family’

  Ukrainian Canadians worry about Russia conflict: ‘I’m afraid for my family’ Ukrainian Canadians with families back in Ukraine are worrying about their safety as Russian aggression near the borders is stoking fears of a possible invasion.“I'm afraid for my family because there is nowhere they can go and there's nothing much they can do to protect themselves,” the 27-year-old Edmonton resident told Global News.


maneuvers adding to tensions, Moscow began to deploy an indeterminate number of soldiers to Belarus for "Impromptus" exercises for combat preparation at the EU and Ukraine borders.

Belarus is close to Ukraine as well as Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, NATO and opponents of Russia.

The Russian Deputy Minister of Defense, Alexandre Fomine has served foreign military attachés in Moscow that these maneuvers were intended to "repel external aggression".

The first step, that of deployment, is in progress, the second, operational, will last from 10 to 20 February.

The German minister Annalena Baerbock has nevertheless assured that the dialogue continues with Russia, but noted that Moscow had to commit to guaranteeing the security of his neighbors.

"Russia asks for security guarantee, we are ready for serious dialogue for an agreement and measures that would make more security across Europe," she said.

The Russian Duma could ask Putin to recognize the independence of Donbass

 The Russian Duma could ask Putin to recognize the independence of Donbass 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.

Turkey, NATO member who provides drones to Ukraine to the Grand Dam of Moscow, also warned Russia, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan affirming that he would approach the subject with Vladimir Putin.

"I do not see the invasion of Ukraine by Russia as a realistic option because it is not an ordinary country. Ukraine is a powerful country," said Erdogan.

Inacceptable requests

in response to a pro-western Revolution in Ukraine, Moscow has already attached the Ukrainian Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and is widely regarded as the military godfather of pro-russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, theater 'A war for almost eight years.

In addition to a treaty banning any NATO enlargement, particularly in Ukraine and Georgia, Russia claims that Americans and their allies give up military maneuvers and deployments in Eastern Europe.

of the qualified demands of unacceptable by Westerners, who nevertheless want to continue the discussions to avoid armed conflict with unpredictable consequences.

The United Kingdom announced the sending of armaments, such as anti-tank missiles, to Ukraine, whereas Kiev complained about the lack of eagerness of Westerners to strengthen their military aid. The Kremlin denounced these coming deliveries.

The EU and Washington warned Russia that it would be the target of very important sanctions in case of aggression of Ukraine, a threat swept by the Kremlin.

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crisis around Ukraine: The turnaround of Alexander Lukashenko .
Belarus has long supported Ukraine, but now it is firmly allied with Russia. This increases the worries in Kiev and Washington. © Shamil Zhumatov / AFP Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Belarusian head of state Alexander Lukashenko at a joint press conference in the Kremlin in the fall 2021. The turnaround of Alexander Lukashenko The warnings to the east are hardly countable, but this time Washington did not mean Moscow this time . It's Minsk.

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