November 29, 2022

The United States says Russia may make excuses to attack Ukraine

  • Washington says the door to diplomacy remains open
  • Russia calls US warnings of invasion ‘hysteria’
  • US OSCE visitors begin to leave eastern Ukraine
  • Shoals, Germany in Kiev on Monday, Moscow on Tuesday
  • German authorities

Washington / Kiev, Feb 13 (Reuters) – The United States said Sunday that Russia could invade Ukraine.Any day nowAs the German Chancellor prepares to try to defuse the crisis with President Vladimir Putin this week, it could create a surprising excuse for an attack.

Washington has said the door to diplomacy remains open, but has repeatedly said that Russia’s military, with more than 100,000 troops, is ready to operate near Ukraine.

Moscow denies such plans and called the comments “hysterical,” but no progress can be facilitated Crisis More has emerged from high-level talks between top Russian and Western officials in recent days.

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholes has called on Russia to intensify its efforts ahead of its visit to Kiev on Monday and to Moscow on Tuesday. A German official said Berlin did not expect that.Conclusive resultsBut he said diplomacy is important.

Scholes warned that sanctions would be imposed if Moscow invaded.

“We can not predict the exact day, but we are now at the window, an invasion could be launched – a major military operation could be launched – by Russia any day in Ukraine,” White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN.

Sullivan said Washington would continue to share intelligence with the world to deny Moscow the ability to carry out a surprising “false flag” operation that would be an excuse for the attack.

U.S. officials say they have not been able to confirm reports that US intelligence has indicated that Russia plans to invade Russia on Wednesday.

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US President Joe Biden, who is scheduled to speak with his Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zhelensky on Sunday, told Putin. Call The West will respond decisively to any invasion on Saturday, as such an attack would be detrimental to Moscow and isolate it.

A senior U.S. executive said Biden’s call was genuine but there was no fundamental change.

The Kremlin said Putin had told Putin that Washington had failed to take into account Russia’s key concerns and had not received a “substantial response” to key elements of its defense demands.

Service members participate in military exercises conducted by the Russian and Belarusian Armed Forces on February 12, 2022 at the Koshsky training ground in the Krotno region of Belarus. Guide by Leonid Sheklov / Belda / Reuters

Putin wants guarantees from the United States and NATO, including preventing Ukraine from entering NATO, avoiding sending missiles near Russia’s borders, and re-measuring NATO’s military infrastructure in Europe by 1997.

Washington considers many of the proposals to be initial but prompted the Kremlin to discuss them jointly with Washington and its European allies.

Diplomatic Path

“The diplomatic path remains open. The easy way out is for Moscow to show that it wants to continue that path. Instead of intensifying it, it should intensify,” said US Secretary of State Anthony. eye blinking He said this after holding talks with Asian allies on Saturday.

Washington on Saturday ordered most of its embassy staff to leave Ukraine immediately. Its European allies and others are withdrawing or expelling staff from their Kyiv missions, and are urging citizens to leave or refrain from traveling to Ukraine.

U.S. employees in the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Europe Began to leave By car from the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, Reuters witness said.

OSCE is conducting operations in Ukraine, including a Russian-backed, civilian surveillance mission in the self-proclaimed separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, where 14,000 people were killed in a war that erupted in 2014.

In the midst of the tension, Dutch carrier K.L.M. Said It said it was considering stopping flights to Ukraine and stopping Lufthansa flights from Germany.

Mikhail Bodolyak, an adviser to Ukraine’s president, said that no matter what the airlines choose to do, Kiev has no plans to close its airspace, and such action would resemble a “kind of partial blockade”.

On Saturday, after speaking with President Emmanuel Macron Putin, a French presidential official said there was no sign that the Russian leader was saying Russia was preparing for an attack.

But the official said Paris was “very vigilant.”

British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace warned against putting too much faith in the talks, saying “Munich sounds in the air from some in the West,” citing the 1938 agreement that failed to halt German expansion under Adolf Hitler.

“The worrying thing is that despite the massive increase in diplomacy, that military structure has continued,” Wallace told The Sunday Times in London.

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Report by Humera Pamuk in Honolulu, Anton Sverev in Donetsk, Lydia Kelly in Melbourne, Andrew McSkill in London Edmund Blair, Editing Frances Kerry and Angus Maxwan

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