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Ukraine crisis updates: What to know as tensions rise

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The United States and NATO have made no concessions to the principle Russian calls for to resolve the crisis over Ukraine, together with giving Moscow a assure that its western neighbor can by no means be a part of the alliance.

The focus is now on how Russia will reply – a choice that rests squarely with President Vladimir Putin and one that might decide whether or not Europe will once more be plunged into battle.

Here are issues to know on Thursday concerning the worldwide tensions surrounding Ukraine.

HOW HAS RUSSIA RESPONDED?

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov instructed reporters that the response from the U.S. – and an identical one from NATO – leaves “little ground for optimism.”

At the identical time, he added that “there always are prospects for continuing a dialogue, it’s in the interests of both us and the Americans.”

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov famous that the U.S. response accommodates some components that might lead to “the start of a serious talk on secondary issues.”

But Lavrov emphasised that “the document contains no positive response on the main issue,” the Russian calls for for the non-expansion of NATO and the non-deployment of weapons that Russia views as a menace.

WHAT DOES UKRAINE SAY TO THE LATEST US MOVE?

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba mentioned Kyiv noticed the U.S. response earlier than it was delivered on Wednesday to Russia, and had no objections.

He tweeted that it’s “important that the U.S. remains in close contact with Ukraine before and after all contacts with Russia. No decisions on Ukraine without Ukraine.”

Kuleba additionally emphasised his nation’s want to strengthen its defenses, talking Thursday on a go to to Denmark.

He mentioned Ukraine appreciates all of the help it will get, however that the instances name for laborious energy to be prioritized over smooth energy.

“This crisis is a moment of truth, and this is why we speak about weapons,” he mentioned. “This is why we speak about economic sanctions. This is why we speak about the consolidated position of all of us, so that President Putin sees that there are no weak links in our defensive chain.”

During Kuleba’s go to to Copenhagen, Denmark pledged 550 million kroner ($83.3 million) for the promotion of democracy and human rights in Ukraine.

RUSSIA HOPES FOR POLITICAL CHANGE IN KYIV

A prime Putin affiliate, former President and ex-Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, says a battle can be catastrophic and that he hopes that Ukraine will select leaders who need “normal” ties with Russia.

Medvedev, a deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, mentioned a Russia-NATO battle “would be the most dramatic and simply catastrophic scenario, and I hope it will never happen.”

Medvedev argued that Moscow sees no level in speaking to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, however voiced hope that the Ukrainians would finally turn into “weary of that bedlam and elect the leadership that would pursue policies … aimed at normal economic relations with Russia.”

Medvedev’s remark follows a British declare that the Kremlin is in search of to change Ukraine’s authorities with a pro-Moscow administration – an allegation Russia denies.

WHAT ARE REGULAR UKRAINIANS SAYING?

Ukrainians have joined a marketing campaign on social networks underneath the hashtag #UkrainiansWillResist amid fears that Russia’s troop buildup close to the border heralds plans of an invasion.

Hundreds of Ukrainians at dwelling and overseas have posted the hashtag and have put a Ukrainian flag on their profile footage in Twitter and Facebook. Those collaborating embrace celebrities, journalists, activists and politicians, with the marketing campaign rising extra well-liked by the day.

“Nobody can force Ukrainians to accept Putin’s ultimatum. There will not be any ‘peace’ on Russia’s conditions,” Andrii Levus, the marketing campaign initiator, wrote on his Facebook web page.

He added: “Even if West will make a deal with Putin over Ukraine and Zelenskyy will capitulate, #UkrainiansWillResist to Russian to occupiers. Welcome to hell, Mr. Putin!”

WHAT IS GERMANY OFFERING TO DO?

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock mentioned her authorities is carefully coordinating its coverage with its allies, and the vary of choices Berlin will take into account within the occasion of renewed Russian aggression contains motion towards the Nord Stream 2 fuel pipeline.

The pipeline, which hasn’t begun operation but, was constructed to pump pure fuel from Russia to Germany, however the German authorities has regularly backed away from the venture amid the rising tensions with Moscow.

Baerbock mentioned Thursday throughout a parliamentary debate on Ukraine that whereas Germany has refused to provide deadly weapons to Ukraine, it’ll proceed to present financial help to Kyiv.

“A (soccer) team doesn’t need 11 center forwards who all do the same thing, but 11 players who get along well and have a common game plan in mind,” she instructed lawmakers.

Baerbock additionally confused the significance of renewed talks held in current weeks with Russia, Ukraine and NATO allies.

“Those who talk don’t shoot,” she mentioned.

FRANCE’S MACRON TAKES HIS OWN PATH

French President Emmanuel Macron continues to push for dialogue with Russia regardless of indicators pointing to a possible battle, satisfied that diplomacy can nonetheless avert battle.

Macron is getting ready to speak Friday with Putin, and Macron’s presidential palace hosted marathon talks Wednesday between Russian and Ukrainian advisers, the primary such face-to-face negotiations since Russia massed troops close to Ukraine in current weeks.

Macron’s stance displays France’s post-World War II custom of carving its personal geopolitical path, refusing to line up blindly behind the U.S.

But France’s diplomacy-focused technique complicates efforts by the U.S. and NATO to present a tricky, united entrance towards Russia. And consultants query whether or not it will likely be sufficient to deter a Russian invasion.

WHERE DOES NATO MEMBER TURKEY STAND?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says an armed assault on Ukraine by Russia wouldn’t be a “rational” transfer and is providing to mediate between the 2 international locations.

NATO-member Turkey, which enjoys shut relations with each Ukraine and Russia, has repeatedly mentioned it’s prepared to convey the 2 international locations’ leaders collectively.

“I hope that Russia will not resort to armed attack and occupation of Ukraine,” Erdogan instructed Turkey’s NTV tv in an interview late Wednesday. “Such a step would not be a rational move for Russia or for our region.”

“We want the current tension between Russia and Ukraine to be resolved before it turns into a new crisis,” he mentioned.

Erdogan additionally mentioned there was want for a “meaningful dialogue with Russia” to resolve any “reasonable” safety considerations it could have.

“We need to explain to Russia why some of its requests are not acceptable. I believe that a dialogue in this direction will enable NATO to be better understood,” he mentioned.

 

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