For the US, "Russia made plans for an aggression against Ukraine


For the US, "Russia made plans for an aggression against Ukraine" and warned Putin with unprecedented economic sanctions.

The head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, indicated that Washington and its allies would take measures that until now they have avoided using in case Moscow follows "the path of confrontation."

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, warned Russia on Wednesday that the allies will impose economic sanctions that they have refrained from using if Moscow decides a new military attack against Ukraine, on whose border it is accumulated troops. Of combat.

"If Russia follows the path of confrontation in Ukraine, we will respond resolutely, including with economic impact measures that we have avoided using in the past," Blinken told a press conference at the end of a two-day meeting of foreign ministers of Ukraine. NATO, and a day before his meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

The head of US diplomacy assured that he has shared that idea with allies and partners and that he has "found tremendous solidarity" in terms of "determination and willingness to pursue strong measures if Russia invades Ukraine."

Blinken did not specify what those measures might be but said it would work closely with allies and partner countries in the coming days and weeks to address the details.

He said that in recent weeks, Russia has stepped up its plans for a possible military operation in Ukraine, including the deployment of tens of thousands of additional combat troops near the Ukrainian border.

We are deeply concerned about the evidence that Russia has planned major aggression against Ukraine, citing the fact that such a plan would "destabilize Ukraine from within" and "on a large scale." Military operations ".

We've seen this playbook before, in 2014, the last time Russia invaded Ukraine.

Then, so far, they have significantly increased the combat forces near the border. He said that then, as now, he intensified the misinformation to position Ukraine as an aggressor that would justify pre-planned military action.

"We do not know whether President (Russian, Vladimir Putin) has decided to attack. What we do know is that if he did, he would have the ability to do so in the short term," he warned. What

Despite the uncertainty about the intentions and timing, Blinkn advocated preparing for all emergencies as we work to change that course for Russia.

He recalled that US President Joe Biden has addressed the matter with allies and partners at the last G20 summit in Rome and even directly with Putin and that they have made it clear to Moscow that "we would respond with determination, including with a set of measures with a high economic impact that we have refrained from using in the past."

In Riga, Blinken said he had "consulted and coordinated with the Allies and it is clear that they are as committed as we are."

I have heard it in our conversations yesterday and today with almost all NATO members and in indirect consultation with France, Germany and the United Kingdom.," he explained, stressing that "we are prepared to impose a severe cost on a new Russian aggression in Ukraine "while" NATO is prepared to reinforce its defenses on the eastern flank. "

Blinken pointed out that tomorrow he will continue the consultations at the meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) that is held until Friday in Stockholm, in which he will also meet with his Russian counterparts, Sergei Lavrov, and Ukrainian, Dmitro Kuleba.

"Just as we have been clear with Moscow, we also urge Ukraine to continue exercising restraint," he declared, since what Russia wants is to "provoke" for "something that it is planning to do alone."

For this reason, he urged that Russia and Ukraine "return to dialogue" within the framework of the Minsk peace accords.