Digest: Russia is being warned against invading Ukraine, and Biden is being warned against flirting with Putin
Moscow is asked to withdraw its troops
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called on Russia to “choose de-escalation” in the Ukrainian issue and withdraw its troops from the border.
NATO will strengthen its defensive capabilities.
“If NATO’s defensive capabilities” need to be strengthened as a result of Russian aggression, […] we will do that too, “Blinken said.
“We understand very clearly that there were serious, serious consequences. added the US Secretary of State.
On Tuesday, the presidents of the United States and Russia will talk via video link – this will be the first official conversation between Putin and Biden since July.
Blinken said last week that the US has evidence of Russia for a large-scale invasion of Ukraine.
“We know that he provides an opportunity to do this in a short time, if a decision is made,” said Blinken.
In October, Russia conducted military exercises in the annexed Crimea, practicing amphibious assault landing on the coast.
Moscow has consistently denied plans to invade Ukraine, accusing Kiev of building up its own troops.
Putin will visit India
Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay a working visit to India on Monday and will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This will be the first face-to-face meeting between Putin and Modi since 2019, when they met at the BRICS summit in. The Russian president planned to visit India in 2020, but the pandemic had to postpone the visit.
According to Putin’s aide Yuri Ushakov, Modi will host a tete-a-tete dinner in honor of the Russian leader’s arrival.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s verdict
Aung San Kyi will be sentenced in Myanmar on corruption and violation of state secrets law. The laureate of the Nobel Peace Strategy has been in custody since February 1 after the military seized power in Myanmar. She is accused of inciting riots.
San Suu Kyi’s supporters say the cases against her are politically motivated. After her overthrow, chaos reigns in Myanmar, and the military junta is struggling to maintain power in the face of protests and armed confrontation.
In the United States, four days of mourning for the death of Senator Dole
Former Senator and ex-Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole has died in the United States. 98-year-old politician died of lung cancer.
Dole has been a Senator from Kansas for almost 30 years since 1969 and ran three times for president, becoming the official Republican nominee in 1996. Dole was also a World War II veteran.
President Joe Biden has declared four days of mourning in the country in connection with the death of the politician. He called Dole his dear friend and one of the greatest statesmen in American history.
As a sign of respect for Dole, state flags at the White House will be lowered until December 9.
Pope condemns treatment of migrants in Europe
Pope Francis called selfishness and nationalism the way European countries treat illegal migrants.
Speaking on the Greek island of Lesvos, Pope Francis said the neglect of migrants is “the collapse of civilization.”
“In Europe, those who continue to treat the problem as an issue that does not concern them is a tragedy,” the pontiff noted.
“It’s easy to influence public opinion by instilling fear,” Pope Francis said. He called for fighting the crisis, and not using “poor people for political propaganda.”
The Pope flew to Lesvos for the second time – in 2016 he visited the Moriah camp, which burned down in 2020.
According to official data, about 2 thousand rubles now live in the center of accommodation for migrants in Lesvos. human.
Last month, 27 people died when their inflatable boat sank in the Channel between France and Kniania.
Hamilton wins in Saudi Arabia
Lewis Hamilton became the winner of the 21st stage of the Formula 1 World Championship – the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
The British driver of the Mercedes team passed the Dutchman Max Verstappen and the Finn Valtteri Bottas, who finished second and third, respectively.
Russian driver Nikita Mazepin had an accident on lap 16 and dropped out of the race.
Saudi Arabia has hosted the Formula 1 Grand Prix for the first time.
Incident with a Russian dry cargo ship
On Saturday, off the coast of Poland, I almost boarded a dry-cargo ship Ruslana. He did not respond to radio calls to him. As a result, the border guard had to intervene. The officers of the patrol on duty boarded the Russian vessel and a drunken crew appeared there, Polish media write.
Bastrykin against rappers
The head of the Investigative Committee of Russia, Alexander Bastrykin, according to the assumption of the Russian press, reacted seriously to the parodic appeal of the “group of patriots” and instructed to check the work of popular rappers Oxxxymiron and Noize MC for “extremism and the rehabilitation of Nazism.”
Russian editions of such an appeal in none of the media, and its author Dmitry Yakushev wrote: “Stop. There was no” Appeal from a group of patriots. Our time. “
How Americans see Putin’s plan to invade Ukraine
The Biden administration is seriously considering a potential invasion of troops by troops into Ukraine at the beginning of the new year, half for such an operation of troops – about 175 thousand rubles. – already, according to the US, is focused on the borders.
Although the American emphasizes that Putin’s plans for Ukraine are still unclear, and intelligence does not allow us to assert that Russia wants to start a war, nevertheless, the Russian army is ready for such a war, and if it breaks out, then, according to experts, Ukraine has almost no chances, writes New York Times…
The fears of the Americans are further aggravated by the fact that recently the Russian media have stepped up a disinformation campaign, claiming that NATO and Ukraine themselves threaten Russia, and thus, according to the publications, preparing a pretext for an invasion.
As the newspaper notes, the Russian invasion of Ukraine creates a serious crisis in the issue of national security both for Europe and for the Biden administration, which has declared its “iron intention” to ensure the safety of Ukrainian borders and its independence.
While Americans still believe crises are best dealt with through diplomacy, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, at a meeting in Stockholm with Sergei Lavrov, agrees that the US will respond to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine with “strong economic measures, which it has refrained from in the past. ”.
However, according to the New York Times, no one knows if such threats can be stopped by Putin. In recent years, the United States has repeatedly applied sanctions against Russia without any visible, according to him, results.
Why Biden shouldn’t play the same game with Putin
Like the godfather of the mafia, Putin first creates a problem and then proposes to solve it if the West agrees to concessions, writes Times columnist Edward Lucas.
Lucas points out.
But the real goals are much broader, he warns – the end of the post-1991 European order, in which Russia no longer considers itself to be past promises and standards.
And Putin will not stop at Ukraine, the observer continues. By forcing us to accept his paranoid point of view, he may demand the demilitation of Russia’s neighboring countries.
But after all, NATO expanded eastward not at all within the framework of some secret plan to take Russia into a ring, the author of the article recalls, everything was quite the opposite. It was Russia’s constant threats to its neighbors that forced them to seek NATO members or strengthen ties with the alliance.
And the bloc itself, when accepting former members of the Warsaw Pact, initially consulted with Russia, involved it in decision-making and even refrained from sending its contingents there and conducting military exercises so as not to alarm Moscow.
NATO’s behavior changed only in 2010, after the cyberattack on Estonia, the war with Georgia and military exercises in 2009, during the war Russia practiced the invasion of the Baltic countries and a nuclear strike on Warsaw. And even this then answer was mostly on paper, and the first (very limited) contingents were only in the Baltic countries and Poland after the invasion of Ukraine in 2014.
So, Lucas writes, it was high time for us to tell Putin that all his complaints are complete nonsense, but instead we are thinking about how to pacify him.
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