Thu Jan 27th, 2022 at 06:38:20 AM EST
Update below with preliminary reaction from FM Lavrov … ultimate decision to President Putin after evaluation by his National Security team. ⤵️
A first thought as very little is known how the US answered the security questions of Russia put forward in mid-December.
- Refuses to engage with points of national security concerns of Russia
- Defers the military engagement to the NATO Command in Brussels
- Puts the US fleet in the Mediterranean under NATO Command
- In words offers a diplomatic way forward -- JCPOA Model perhaps a next President can refute
- Increases lethal weapons delivery to non NATO member
- Will impose sanctions on Germany to cut off Gazprom delivery of gas
- Will engage to have US LNG delivery to Europe in the future
Offers Russia no off ramp as Washington gives military action a chance
No good options open to the Kremlin. The White House has handed Moscow building blocks for a new "Berlin Wall", further isolation, harsher sanctions and putting Russia in the corner of a pariah state. This would not have happened under a Trump presidency as the Ukraine was not a priority.
Frontpaged - Frank Schnittger
Without asking Europe, it is a clear message to the EU in Brussels: you have no choice but to be on our side. The bullying continues. The war rhetoric is back and will intensify in the coming days.
America and NATO allies will increase delivery lethal arms to the Ukraine ...
Unbelievable, what a farce ...
Military partnership US with the United Kingdom will intensify.
Ukraine and NATO Membership
Gave a summary of our actions to the political elites of the EU in Brussels ...
The EU is useless for America, there is no Minister of War that can handle matters of some urgency ...
My analysis, beyond a dangerous power play by a hurting US President, Ukraine has become personal between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin.
The Russian intervention in Syria from September2015 forward has blocked the advance of jihadists supported by the US and Arab states. This was quite painful for VP Joe Biden handling strategic foreign affairs under President Obama. There was clear division inside the White House, Joe at his old age has just put his foot down. He has few options with a very aggressive US Congress on his back. Bonus points for Biden in America, a painful new era for continental Europe with a full blown crisis between nation who build on the Four Freedoms, an economic world power being hampered by the Bucharest Nine still seeking revanche for historic wrongs.
Rendition, torture, black prisons, illegal war in Iraq, a 5th column for a fascist America. Western nations managed to avoid extensive wars on European soil during 45 years until the Soviet Union imploded in 1989-90. The Afghan war has given NATO a new concept of being a tool of US bitterness and aggression.
Extended lease contract for NATO HQ on Belgian soil
The Kremlin should give me a call on Ukraine, Blinken said …
Views from Russia on NATO encroachment to eastern frontier
Alliance rejects key Moscow demand to stop expansion into former Soviet territory | RT |
NATO has said it “will not compromise” on potential expansion into Ukraine, Georgia, and other former Soviet republics, as this clashes with the “core principles” of the alliance, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on Wednesday.
Putting blame one-sided on Russian aggression
Stoltenberg, who was half an hour late to the scheduled online press event, outlined three basic topics that the NATO response touched on. One was re-establishing diplomatic ties between NATO and Russia, which he blamed Moscow for severing.
The other was NATO’s readiness to “engage in dialogue” and “listen to Russian concerns,” while respecting the right of each country to choose its own security arrangements.
Russia should refrain from “aggression” aimed at NATO allies and withdraw from “Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova,” where it is not wanted, Stoltenberg said.
The third area of possible cooperation listed by Stoltenberg involves “risk reduction” and transparency agreements on exercises, as well as arms control proposals that he argued have been so effective previously.
Since 2001, the US has unilaterally exited the anti-ballistic missile (ABM) treaty, the Open Skies treaty, and the intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF) treaty, claiming without evidence that Russia was in violation of them.
"The West should respect the red lines of Russia" | Opinion - De Hoop Scheffer in Jan. 2018 |
China urges Washington to take security concerns of Russia seriously
Foreign Minister Lavrov gives a first reaction
The United States deliberately aims to avoid discussing the need to follow the principle of indivisibility of security, and Russia is not ready to accept this, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today.
In Russia Telegram posts hint at a speech before Duma by Vladimir Putin which could be a reminder of Stalin’s fiery Scorched earth policy speech in 1941 as Nazi Germany was advancing on Leningrad ..
END OF UPDATE
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