The United States warned today that Russia was preparing for a possible offensive against Ukraine, which could happen “at any time” and was evaluating all options for retaliation.
“No wishes have been rejected,” White House press secretary Jen Zhaki told reporters, warning of a “very dangerous situation.”
“We are at a point where Russia can launch an offensive against Ukraine at any time,” he said.
The warning comes as US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen visits the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, this week. Following the stalemate in talks with Russia.
Tomorrow, Flinken will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Gelensky to “strengthen US commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the State Department said in a statement.
Blinken will travel to the German capital, Berlin, next Thursday (20) to hold talks with the United Kingdom, France and Germany on the Ukraine crisis.
However, on Friday (21) in Geneva, Switzerland, it was time for the Foreign Secretary to meet with Russian diplomat Sergei Lavrov in search of a solution to the latest escalation into the conflict.
Despite the tense atmosphere, Russia and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) today sent messages demanding a solution to avoid direct conflict.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced after a meeting with German Foreign Minister Annalena Barbach that Moscow was “waiting for answers” to proposals to “continue negotiations”.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he had invited Russia and its allies to the Atlantic Alliance for further talks on Ukraine.
Today, Lavrov demanded “firm” answers from the West before discussing the expansion. One of Russia’s key demands is that NATO guarantee it Does not expand to include Russian neighbors Ukraine and Georgia.
In addition to an agreement blocking NATO’s possible expansion, Russia wants the United States and its allies in Europe to abandon maneuvers and military maneuvers in Eastern Europe.
As for the West, Russia’s claims are unacceptable, but they say they are ready to negotiate with Russia to avoid an armed conflict with unintended consequences.
However, Kiev complained that the UK had recently announced that it would send weapons such as anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, while Western nations were in no hurry to increase military aid to the country.
* With AFP and Reuters information in Moscow (Russia) and Washington (USA)
“Music geek. Coffee lover. Devoted food scholar. Web buff. Passionate internet guru.”