If there is a new Russian invasion of Ukraine, Moscow should expect a strengthening of NATO’s eastern flank, announced a high-ranking representative of the White House. He announced that in the event of an escalation by Russia, Washington would impose severe sanctions and support the Ukrainian army.
After 2014, we had the European Deterrence Initiative, which assumed an increased deployment of rotating troops on the territory of allies of NATO’s eastern flank. (…) It can be expected that in the event of an invasion, there would be a need to increase the confidence and sense of security of our allies in NATO and the United States would be ready to do so “- said the representative of the Joe Biden administration during a press briefing before Tuesday’s online conversation between the US and Russian presidents .
A similar opinion was expressed by White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who said during a press conference that strengthening the eastern flank would be a “natural consequence” of the escalation.
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Biden will talk to Putin
A high-ranking US official did not want to reveal the specifics of a possible US response to a potential invasion, but suggested that the US would support Ukraine with new arms shipments. At the same time, he emphasized that the goal of the USA is not military involvement in a possible conflict.
– We do not intend to find ourselves in a situation where our countermeasures will focus on the direct use of US military force, instead of joint support for the Ukrainian army, strong economic sanctions and a significant increase in support and capabilities for our NATO allies – said an important representative of the administration.
He added that Tuesday’s talks between Biden and Putin will be preceded by a series of consultations between President Biden and the leaders of allied countries. The head of diplomacy, Antony Blinken, is also to hold a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Biden himself is to talk to Zelensky after the conversation with Putin.
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USA will not accept any “red lines”
The White House said the US would not accept any of the “red lines” Putin talked about in recent weeks, demanding a legally binding promise to exclude Ukraine from NATO membership in the future and broader security guarantees for Russia.
– The United States has consistently supported the principle that each state has the right to make its own decisions about its security (…). This is the policy of the USA today and will remain in the future – assured an official of the administration of President Biden when asked about Russia’s demands to rule out the possibility of Ukraine’s membership in NATO.
He added, however, that the US “supports discussions between NATO and Russia regarding issues that concern both sides, both Russian concerns about NATO’s activities and NATO and America’s concerns about Russia’s activities.”
– At the same time, we do not think that the talks about the “red lines” will be helpful, and President (Biden) himself said that we will not follow the logic of accepting anyone’s red lines – the official noted.
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Russia’s plans to invade Ukraine
The administration confirmed earlier reports in the press that the deployment of Russian troops around Ukraine suggested plans for an invasion, although a White House representative said it was not known whether a decision to attack was made in the Kremlin.
“From our perspective, the plans are clear. The movements of the troops included the addition of new battalion tactical groups around Ukraine, in many different places around these borders. We saw the movement of additional capabilities and forces towards Ukraine and these movements are in line with the planning of a military escalation,” said the official of the authorities. USA.
The White House said that in addition to the issue of tensions around Ukraine, the topics of Biden and Putin’s talks will also include cybersecurity, armaments, and the Iranian nuclear program.
According to the Kremlin, the conversation between the leaders via a video link is to take place at 16 Polish time. The White House – so far – has not disclosed the organizational details of the conversation.
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