Status: 01/15/2022 1:29 pm
Russia is trying to create an excuse for an invasion of Ukraine, according to US allegations. It’s nothing, the Russian answer is “unsubstantiated sensational news”. The tone between the two sides remains tough.
Did a week of high-level talks take place during the Ukraine conflict? Reports are coming in from Russia and the West rather than mutual distrust.
The accusation came from the US side that Russia was trying to use agents in Ukraine to create excuses for a possible invasion. “We have information that Russia has already sent a team of agents to carry out a false flag operation in eastern Ukraine,” White House spokeswoman Zhen Zaki said yesterday. In addition, it lays the groundwork for false propaganda that portrays Ukraine as an occupier planning an immediate offensive in eastern Ukraine.
“As usual, no evidence was presented”
Russia immediately denied the allegations. As is often the case, the Russian embassy in Washington has reported that sensational news is being spread by the United States without any basis. “As usual, no evidence was presented.”
However, Russia has created facts that worry the West on the border with Ukraine: the Russian military has amassed about 100,000 troops there. The separatists, backed by Russia, have been fighting Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine since 2014. Also in 2014, Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula, which belongs to Ukraine.
For weeks, Russia has repeatedly denied accusations that it plans to occupy its troops in eastern Ukraine with similar words. “Russia is against war. We support diplomatic solutions to all international problems,” the Russian embassy in Washington said.
Indicates the sovereignty of western Ukraine
However, the West cannot accept Russia’s prerequisites for any diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. Because President Vladimir Putin, among others, is demanding a reassurance from NATO that Ukraine will not join the transatlantic military alliance.
There are currently no definite plans for Ukraine to join NATO. But the West, among other things, decides for itself what alliance the sovereign states should and should not join. Since the end of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine has once again been a sovereign nation.
The United States is reportedly exploring an alternative gas supply
According to a Reuters news agency, the US government has already revealed contingency plans to supply gas to Europe with energy companies if the dispute with Russia escalates. U.S. State Department officials have spoken with companies about the potential for a larger supply if Russia’s gas supply is cut off, Reuters reported, citing industry and government sources. Postponement of maintenance work to maximize gas production was also discussed.
The companies have explained that it will be difficult to replace the large-scale loss from Russia, citing shortages of gas supplies around the world. It was not immediately clear to which companies the address was given.
The European Union receives one-third of its gas requirements from Russia. US sanctions against Russia could affect the distribution. A spokesman for the US National Security Council declined to comment on the talks. However, he confirmed that contingency planning was underway. It is common practice to examine the consequences of possible actions. It shows the determination of the United States to take decisive action.
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