Experts have been saying a third world war is in the cards for a while now.
Amidst the rumours of Russia’s ‘intention to invade Ukraine’ and the ongoing conflict of interest between Russia and the USA, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has responded to Russia’s demands to keep Ukraine from entering NATO with a firm no!
Russia had been massing up troops around the Ukrainian borders, insinuating a possible war between the two countries. Although Russia denies any objective of invading its neighbor, it has previously demanded Ukraine’s debarring from entering NATO in its list of security demands.
As a response to Russia’s proposal to resolve the Ukraine crisis, Washington has ultimately rejected the demand to bar Ukraine from entering NATO, on Wednesday.
“We will uphold the principle of NATO’s open door”- Blinken stated in the press conference
How is Washington addressing the conflict of interest?
After a month of Russia’s submission of the security proposal, the US, in coordination with its European allies, has finally reverted with a document outlining Russia’s demands and its answers to them.
Although Antony Blinken has insisted on keeping the details of this document confidential, he did clarify that they were offering “a serious diplomatic path forward, should Russia choose it”.
Blinken also said,
“There should be no doubt about our seriousness of purpose when it comes to diplomacy, and we’re acting with equal focus and force to bolster Ukraine’s defenses and prepare a swift united response to further Russian aggression,”
“It remains up to Russia to decide how to respond,” he added. “We’re ready either way.”
Russia’s reaction to the USA’s rejection of its demands
As Russia receives the much-awaited response, Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov stated that President Putin would now analyze the response.
While the said document does not address Russia’s main concern regarding the expansion of the alliances, Sergei does believe it “gives hope for the start of a serious conversation” on any secondary considerations.
Dmitry Peskov, the President’s spokesman told reporters that Russia would not “rush into assessments” and would take “time to analyze” the response.
Even though Russia keeps firm on its intentions to be peaceful and rejects all rumors of invasion, the USA has encouraged Ukrainian citizens to relocate, warning an invasion ‘would be imminent‘.
This brings us to Thursday (27th January).
US President Joe Biden received a report on the recent talks with Russia in Paris from his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky. The two leaders agreed on joint action and discussed further US military and financial support to Ukraine, according to Kiev.
The White House told reporters on Thursday that the call was scheduled for 2 pm Eastern time.
Shortly before 4 pm, Zelensky tweeted about a “long” conversation with Biden, saying that they discussed “recent diplomatic efforts on de-escalation and agreed on joint actions for the future.” Zelensky thanked Biden for “the ongoing military assistance” and also discussed “possibilities for financial support to Ukraine.”
Ahead of the call, CNN reported that Zelensky was going to ask the US to be “more cautious in its messaging surrounding a potential Russian attack,” as Kiev was facing panic and negative economic consequences. Ukraine’s dollar bonds had their best day in almost two years on Thursday, following the news that the ‘Normandy format’ talks with Russia in Paris were somewhat successful.
The White House readout, released after 5 pm, said that Biden “reaffirmed the readiness of the US along with its allies and partners to respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine,” and that the US embassy in Kiev “remains open and fully operational” despite the departure of family members of diplomats.
Biden also expressed support for the Normandy format talks, “expressing his hope that the sides’ recommitment on January 26 to the terms of the July 2020 ceasefire will help decrease tensions and advance the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.”
More updates to come.
Touch base on the Russia-US crisis, read our article Possible War in Ukraine? What you need to know about the unfolding situation.
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