The Biden administration is initiating “intensive consultations” with the new German government on a possible response.
Western intelligence confirms suspicious movement of Russian troops to Ukraine’s border / REUTERS
Washington and Berlin have an agreement to close the launch of Russia’s Nord Stream-2 pipeline in the event of an attack by Russian troops on Ukraine.
He writes about it Reuters with reference to a senior congressional aide and European diplomat.
According to the aide, US officials told Congress that they were in contact with their German counterparts in the event of an invasion, given the concentration of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border.
Berlin has assured US officials that the pipeline will be shut down in the event of a Russian attack. However, it is unclear whether the parties agreed to define the invasion.
Answering questions about the pipeline, the newspaper writes Global News, Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the Biden administration was initiating “intensive consultations” with the new German government on a possible response.
Nuland said Germany would be ready to take serious action if Russia launched an attack.
The European diplomat, in turn, told Reuters that US officials had made it clear to allies that they would act decisively and impose tough sanctions on PP-2 in the event of Putin’s invasion to make Germany’s next steps controversial.
“If the United States imposes (additional) sanctions, it is an academic moment, because no one will be able to do business with” PP-2 “for fear of violating US sanctions,” he said.
At a press conference in Berlin, future Chancellor Olaf Scholz did not answer reporters’ questions about whether Germany would dare to “freeze” the launch of Nord Stream 2 in the event of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
However, Merkel’s successor stressed, referring to the Kremlin’s intentions, that “no one has the right to redraw borders.”
The Western press later clarified that Washington would put pressure on Berlin if the German coalition refused to close Putin’s project.
In the evening of December 7, Biden had a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin about military pressure and blackmail of Europe by attacking Ukraine.
The US leader stressed the United States’ support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and threatened Moscow with “economic and other measures” if its troops invaded Ukraine.
A new escalation at the border is possible: what is known
As UNIAN reported, the Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, wrote that Russia has resumed increasing military strength on the border with Ukraine. In addition, videos began to appear on social networks with echelons of military equipment, including tanks and missiles, which are transported to the southern and western regions of Russia. According to the publication, the United States and Europe paid attention to this after the end of the Russian-Belarusian military exercises “West-2021”.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine then denied the information spread by The Washington Post about Russia’s increase in military force near the Ukrainian border. Data published in the media about the relocation of Russian troops to the Ministry of Defense is called “an element of special information and psychological actions, which are essentially planned measures within the relocation of troops after training.”
Politico later published fresh satellite photos confirming reports that Russia was again concentrating troops and military equipment on the border with Ukraine.
Later, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Kirill Budanov told the Military Times that Russia has concentrated 92,000 troops near the border with Ukraine and is preparing for an invasion in late January – early February 2022. Recently, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba stated that Russia has deployed 115,000 troops near the borders of Ukraine.
According to the Financial Times, Western intelligence suggests a “high probability of destabilization” of Ukraine by Russia this winter.
Moscow denies accusations of plotting an attack on Ukraine and points to the intensification of NATO forces near Russia’s borders.
At a press conference on November 26, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that escalation by Russia at the border or by militants supported by it in Donbass could happen any day.
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