The Ukrainian authorities have developed a package of measures to “contain” Russia, told in an interview with the Bild newspaper, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba. According to him, these measures include diplomatic de-escalation, economic sanctions, as well as deepening the protection of the military industry, aimed at cooperation with partners in this area.
According to Kuleb, in early November, Russia took a “dangerous new course of escalation,” and in this regard, Ukraine is mobilizing international support.
“There is no better deterrent to further Russian aggression than a strong Ukraine. What we saw in last week’s talks was the culmination of our joint containment diplomacy. The unity of the West was obvious,” Kuleba said.
According to Kuleba, the security talks between Russia and the United States made it absolutely clear that “the overseas community is firmly on the side of Ukraine.”
In recent weeks, experts, journalists and military spoke about the concentration of significant forces of the Russian army near the borders with Ukraine. American intelligence and Ukrainian authorities have announced a possible invasion of Ukraine in early 2022. According to US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan, Washington considers the threat to Ukraine and its sovereignty “the most acute problem” of our time.
“One way to look at the current state of affairs is to say that we have an acute problem in Ukraine, that everything is aggravated by the massive Russian military congregation to its border. For the United States, this creates a sense of emergency,” Sullivan said.
Russia announced the beginning of the exercises near the Ukrainian borders on January 11, despite negotiations with the United States and NATO that had already begun. The exercises are taking place in the Voronezh, Bryansk and Belgorod regions. By the way, it was under the pretext of such exercises that Russia deployed troops in 2014 to annex Crimea.
Independent observers record the transfer of military equipment: trucks, tankers, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, multiple launch rocket systems “Grad” and “Uragan” and anti-aircraft missile systems “Buk” (exactly such a missile was shot down Malaysian Boeing MH17). As US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told ABC News, “Moscow has put a ‘weapon’ to Ukraine’s head.”
In this regard, the US Senate has developed a package of sanctions in the event of a possible invasion of a sovereign state. The sanctions will target President Vladimir Putin personally, as well as those companies in Russia that offer secure messaging systems used by banks to exchange key information with other financial institutions, such as SWIFT.
In addition, Russian residents may be left without phones, laptops, refrigerators, washing machines and other consumer electronics that were developed in the United States.