While herd Ukraine: Canadian special forces are already on the ground, Britain is sending weapons by plane. Russia moves troops to Belarus for a maneuver – and withdraws diplomats from Kiev.
Diplomatic channels are heating up – update 7 p.m
- Anthony Blinken is coming to Switzerland: The US Secretary of State is expanding his overseas visit. He is expected in Kiev on Wednesday, but will then travel on to Geneva to meet his counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Friday.
- Joe Biden’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in Washington today: “We are now in a phase where Russia could launch an attack on Ukraine at any time.”
- German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock met Lavrov in Moscow today, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Berlin. NATO has made Moscow new offers for talks, said Stoltenberg
The pressure on the Ukraine question is steadily increasing. Not only in the actual trouble spot, but also with the powers behind it – and even in the secondary theaters of war.
In Sweden, for example, after sighting drones over various nuclear power plants, the Säkerhetspolis taken over the investigations. The intelligence service is responsible for counter-espionage. To be examined therefore Incidents over the kilns in Forsmark, Oskarshamn and Ringhals.
British fly guns to Kiev
Something is also brewing in Ukraine. Apparently that’s what the British government thinks, because they have started to fly weapons into the country with military transporters. London responds according to Defense Secretary Ben Wallace was referring to the “increasingly threatening behavior of Russia”.
It’s about light anti-tank missiles and “a small number” of British soldiers who teach their Czech colleagues how to use them, Wallace said explicitly in Parliament. These are defensive systems that did not threaten Moscow. Worth noting: Germany has apparently denied overflight permission to the express C-17 transporters.
Those soldiers are not the only NATO troops in Ukraine: Canadian special forces are also in the country, reports «Global News». It is a “small contingent” of the Canadian Special Operations Regiments. The unit is to plan a possible evacuation of the Canadian embassy.
Russia withdraws diplomats from Ukraine
Worker one also cooperates with the national military. The Canadians “are part of a larger effort by the army to support the Ukrainian security forces,” said spokeswoman Amber Bineau. The consultations have already been agreed in 2020, it said.
For its part, Russia is ensuring that the fear of war does not diminish: the army is currently moving troops for a common maneuver, after Belarus, which is significantly named United determination wearing. In this context, Iskander short-range ballistic missiles were allegedly brought to Belarus, which borders on the NATO states of Poland and Lithuania.
One of Russia’s most interesting sees a withdrawal on the diplomatic front: 48 members of the embassy staff in Ukraine have left the country since the beginning of the year, and are dying “New York Times”.
Russians in Cuba? Moscow is thinking about it
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov dismissed US accusations that Russia was trying to use agents provocateurs to start a war with Ukraine. This is a “complete hoax”. At the same time, Moscow is openly considering stationing Russian troops in South America.
After an official “neither wanted to confirm nor deny” whether the military could also be stationed in Cuba or Venezuela, the Kremlin spokesman is now deliberately keeping all options open when asked again.
“We’re talking about sovereign states in Latin America, we mustn’t forget that,” said Dmitry Peskov in Moscow yesterday, Monday. “And in the context of the current situation, Russia is considering all options that will guarantee its security.”