Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden have spoken today about Ukraine in the midst of growing fears that the conflict, which continues to take a monthly drip of lives, returns to an open war phase. The virtual meeting that they have maintained has lasted two hours.
Russia and its banks could be affected by the toughest economic sanctions taken so far. The US prepares measures to dissuade Putin to use the tens of thousands of soldiers that he has concentrated near the border. Vets could point to the largest banks in Russia and Moscow's ability to convert rubles into dollars and other currencies. A source said to Reuters that it has also been discussed with measures to the intimate circle of Putin, but no decision was made . German Gref, Executive Director of the main Russian Bank, Sberbank, today rated that idea of "absurd" and "impossible to execute". According to CNN, the sanctions could include disconnecting Russia from the international payment system -Swift used by banks throughout The world - a measure considered extreme.Bloomberg reported that the United States and Europe allies were also supporting measures aimed at the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a sovereign investment fund established in 2011 by the Russian Government to invest in projects in the sectors Fastest growing. It is known for having promoted the development of the Russian vaccine against Covid-19, the famous Sputnik V. United States could also restrict investor's ability to buy Russian debt in the secondary market. Balance of forces
During the last few months the Kremlin has sent two simple messages to the new US president. First, that Russia grants primordial importance to Ukraine no matter how much China or Afghanistan requires renewed care. And second, that Russia is less and less comfortable with the 'status quo' that there is in Ukraine, a country that continues between the sword and the Wall of separatism and the risk of new invasion but which is increasingly willing to be rearmed without limits. Unlike the April military escalation, which was solved without just consequences, Moscow "seems willing to take drastic measures to reverse the situation," as Maxim Samorukov, Analyst of the Carnegie center of Moscow. Samorukov believes that the goal of the Kremlin in The current crisis "is not to inflict a humiliating defeat to Kiev or assume the unpleasant task of occupying Ukraine," but rather "to persuade the West from which Russia is prepared to start a large-scale war on Ukraine unless something is done with Regarding the current situation that, at least in Putin's eyes, is completely unacceptable ". The satellite images have shown Russian troops from other country sites located in the Smolensk region, about 200 kilometers from the border with Ukraine. Moscow has refused to be preparing an invasion and has said that the role of his troops is defensive, although at some point he has also spoken of simple "maneuvers" .Rusia is increasingly annoying for Western military aid to Ukraine and still does not accept the Years of progressive expansion of NATO. Kiev has better and better weapons to attack positions of the separatists. Seven years after the annexation of Crimea, the indication of Moscow as an enemy is transversal in a large part of the country's social spectrum, and supports for an integration in NATO are rising. The 'soft power' of Moscow in Ukraine is under low, only threats can function.Kiev has said that it does not plan an attack on the separatists. But Moscow questions Ukraine's intentions and has said he wants guarantees that Kiev will not use the strength to try to recover the lost territory in 2014 at the hands of the separatists backed by Russia.Updated Date: 07 December 2021, 13:20