Secretary of state Anthony Blinken rejects Republican calls for preemptive sanctions but says ‘massive consequences’ await
On NBC’s Meet the Press, Blinken was dismissive.“I sat with Chancellor [Olaf] Scholz just last week for an hour and listened very carefully to him. I’ve been on the phone and saw my own German counterpart, foreign minister [Annalena] Baerbock, and I can tell you that the Germans very much share our concerns, and are resolute and determined to respond swiftly, effectively and in a united way. I have no doubts about that.”
Blinken also rebuffed calls from critics, voiced on Sunday by the Iowa Republican Joni Ernst, that the US should impose sanctions on Russia before any invasion took place.“We need to show strength and not be in a position of a doctrine of appeasement, which seems to be how President Biden has worked his administration,” Ernst, a member of the Senate committee on armed services, told CNN.Read more: Guardian news »
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Time to disentangling economic/trade cooperation with supporters(N.Korea&China)of Russia/Russian unprovoked threats/aggression towards NATO&allies.Fortifications of trusted allies’ economic/trade abilities to make Russia(and it’s supporters)economically irrelevant. Like make more statements...german..greek..frenvh regime stand with russians..and working against Ukraine...what will usa do?
What's in it for them? What an absolute farce. Europe paying through the nose for US shale gas and now weapons. If Europe could more easily access gas from Russia, the prices would drop and production of US shale gas would be uneconomical. As always US causing havoc to make money and maintain hegemony
ok, we are not going to invade Well let the US do what they want , just don't involve the UK ,we've caused enough trouble throughout the world already. Britain should send in troops NOW US nonsense looks for war all the time.
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US intelligence: Russia planning false flag operation to justify Ukraine invasionUS suggests Russia planning false flag operation to justify Ukraine invasion and mental health of Putin ? Ah yes, the same US intelligence who found WMD in Iraq.
US embassy in Ukraine ‘requests staff evacuation’ amid war fearsReport comes as arms deliveries promised by Joe Biden arrive in response to threat of Russia n invasion This is nothing more then patriot games. The Americans always running. Ridiculous. A narrative created so the US can claim a victory when Russia doesn’t invade. Still waiting for a believable reason why Russia would want to invade in the first place. Dear Mr. President, Dear Sirs US Senate, Congress, We kindly ask you to support Project - Alternative_Government ! It should be represented only by the new young generation - graduates of political universities, both in Ukraine and other countries !
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that the result of Germany’s position was to “undermine unity and encourage Vladimir Putin to a new attack on Ukraine”. On NBC’s Meet the Press, Blinken was dismissive. “I sat with Chancellor [Olaf] Scholz just last week for an hour and listened very carefully to him. I’ve been on the phone and saw my own German counterpart, foreign minister [Annalena] Baerbock, and I can tell you that the Germans very much share our concerns, and are resolute and determined to respond swiftly, effectively and in a united way. I have no doubts about that.” Blinken also rebuffed calls from critics, voiced on Sunday by the Iowa Republican Joni Ernst, that the US should impose sanctions on Russia before any invasion took place. “We need to show strength and not be in a position of a doctrine of appeasement, which seems to be how President Biden has worked his administration,” Ernst, a member of the Senate committee on armed services, told CNN. “We do need to go ahead and impose sanctions on Russia now. We need to show them that we mean business and we will be there for Ukraine should they invade. Once an invasion happens, lives are lost. You can’t go back from that.” Blinken said preemptive sanctions would weaken the allies’ position. “The purpose of those sanctions is to deter Russian aggression. So if they’re triggered now you lose the deterrent effect,” he said. “All of the things that we’re doing, including building up in a united way with Europe massive consequences for Russia, is designed to factor into President Putin’s calculus and to deter and dissuade him from taking aggressive action, even as we pursue diplomacy at the same time.” Support for Blinken came from an unexpected quarter, his immediate predecessor as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, praising a “stronger statement” than that from Biden this week. “I hope they’re serious about this,” the Trump loyalist told Fox News Sunday. “I hope they’re prepared not only to speak about this, and that they have a plan, but they have an execution matrix that sits underneath that so that they are prepared to actually do this in real time. Read more “It doesn’t take days of meetings and discussions with allies and friends to plan to execute a response commensurate with the activity the Russians take.” Pompeo also criticized Biden’s efforts to clarify comments made on Wednesday that a “minor incursion” by Russia would provoke a lesser response. The president later said any “assembled Russian units” moving across the border would be viewed as an invasion. “We need to be unequivocal in diplomacy,” Pompeo said. “If there’s room for doubt, if there’s space, will drive a truck through that gap, he will perceive any weakness, any gap, and say, ‘Well, we didn’t send an assembled unit, it was disorganized’.” Striking a note familiar in rightwing US circles , Pompeo also had praise for Putin. Under Trump, he said, “we had respect for him and his power. He’s a very talented statesman. He has lots of gifts. He was a KGB agent, for goodness sakes. He knows how to use power. We should respect that.” Topics