US rejects Russian demands in Ukraine and NATO prepares for the worst

The United States and NATO, in Washington and Brussels respectively, have delivered this Wednesday a written response to Russia addressing the concerns of Mosco

US rejects Russian demands in Ukraine and NATO prepares for the worst

The United States and NATO, in Washington and Brussels respectively, have delivered this Wednesday a written response to Russia addressing the concerns of Moscow, the demands of the Kremlin and, above all, the situation on the ground in Ukraine. The messages are coordinated, go on the same line and have the same purpose, adding efforts from complementary angles. "It is a negotiated document and agreed by all allies (...) we take efforts very seriously to achieve progress in political dialogue with Russia, we have heard their concerns, calls, their request for written answers. A Political solution is possible, but Russia should unwinder immediately, "said the Secretary General of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, in a last appearance now in the general barracks of the Belgian capital. "But we're prepared for the worst," he warned.

The United States has not given any of the demands of Vladimir Putin to avoid a Russian invasion of Ukraine. This has said it by the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, at a press conference in Washington held minutes after the ambassador of that country in Moscow, John Sullivan, will deliver the official response of Washington in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Russian to Russian demands.

"There is no change, there has never been any change," Blinken declared. The Secretary of State has reaffirmed the United States' commitment to "the Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity of Ukraine", two elements that Vladimir Putin does not accept. Blinken has also defended the decision of the United States not to make public his response to Moscow, in order to leave diplomacy margin and not leave Putin in a dead end, something that could exacerbate the aggressiveness of Russian president.

What the United States has reaffirmed is its commitment to negotiate with Russia a series of measures that strengthen international stability and peace, including limits on the realization of military maneuvers in Ukraine and the site of arms and military units in that country, as well as As a new strategic nuclear-weapon reduction START agreement.

In Washington it is assumed that, except that the West carries out a new Munich, in reference to the concessions made by France and Germany to the German Germany of Adolf Hitler in 1938, when they left Berlin annexing Czechoslovakia, Russia will hold an attack Military against Ukraine. Blinken took advantage of the press conference of him to ask Americans in Ukraine to leave the country.

The main Russian requirement is that NATO undertakes not to admit Ukraine never in its breast, as it constitutes a violation of the sovereignty of that country, since by definition, any country can impose on another its military alliances. Putin's demand would also assign that NATO receives orders from Moscow. "The NATO Gate remains open," Blinken stressed.

The message is clear, but it does not contain concrete news. NATO proposes the reopening of communication, military and civilian channels. Removing relationships immediately, reopening the offices that both parties no longer have in Brussels and Moscow. Organize sectoral meetings, Briefings within the framework of the NATO-Russian Council to address arms control, nuclear risks and medium-range missiles and instability. Everything already announced just two weeks ago and now put in writing. But, in the same lines, the alliance requires that Russia withdraws the more than 100,000 soldiers deployed on the Ukrainian border, transparency over combat troops and aircraft that are in Belarus and a real and effective "despaired".

Those are the general lines, articulated around three axes, as Stoltenberg explained. But the document is not public and it is possible that it contains additional elements that have not yet come to light.

"It's a critical moment for transatlantic security," said the Norwegian, who asked for whether the chances of a war are greater now that just a few weeks ago he has responded only that deterioration is constant. "Tensions increase because they continue to accumulate troops in Ukraine and Belarus. There is no transparency about those deployments, that increases concerns, increases tensions. And it makes more important to redouble political efforts," said the Secretary General. "Tensions must be resolved with diplomacy and dialogue not with the strength or threat of the use of it".

Stoltenberg, who was one of the few world leaders who managed to deal with Donald Trump avoiding larger evils, has reiterated that Ukraine, such as Georgia, Sweden or Finland, "have the right to choose and articulate their defense," but that the allies are " Ready to listen to Russia's concerns and establish real security conversations. " But for that it is necessary that Moscow, instead of continuing troops and tanks, decide to return to the table at once. The proposed areas, from communication channels to meetings with calendar for arms control, non-proliferation, network security and transparency, "are an agenda for a deep dialogue." We are a defensive alliance and we are not looking for confrontation, but we can not Market about the principles on which we base. We continue committed to collective defense and article 5, and we will take all necessary measures to defend the allies, "said the Secretary General.

NATO has pointed out that they are still working for peace but they are ready for any scenario. "We are trying a connection to promote dialogue with Russia and find a political solution, for that we send these proposals agreed upon by the 30 Allies, but we are prepared for the worst. In parallel to dialogue we have increased the alert of our forces, in the Baltic and Poland. The response forces are composed of different elements, and the principal consists of some 5,000 troops, led by France, which can be deployed on days. To do so, it is necessary a decision from the Atlantic Council. And it would be taken if necessary. We have plans that we can activate and execute very fast. In that framework, I welcome the US decision to assign up to 8,400 troops in preparation, demonstrating its strong commitment to European security, "Stoltenberg has been.

NATO declared its intention to admit Ukraine in its breast in 2008. It was a compromise solution among those who advocated the entrance - starting by Ukraine itself - and those who feared that the decision would trigger a Russian reaction due to the longing of Vladimir Putin. Old Soviet empire. But the entrance of Kiev in the Alliance was frozen in 2014, when Russia invaded Ukraine, annexing Crimea and creating a phantasmagoric independent republic in the East of the country.

Since then, Ukraine is technically at war with Russia. And, for that same reason, NATO will not admit that country, since that could be the entry of the alliance into an armed conflict with the second nuclear power in the world. It is exactly the same strategy that Putin used in 2008, when another Soviet Republic, Georgia, also obtained the promise of being admitted in the future in NATO. Just a few months after commitment, Russia invaded Georgia. Since then, it occupies part of its territory.

Date Of Update: 26 January 2022, 15:13

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