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Ukraine: for the US “possible Russian invasion in February”

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Tension is rising between Washington and Moscow on the Ukraine question with the United States which has convened a meeting of the UN Security Council for next Monday 31 January. Meanwhile, in a phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, US President Joe Biden he reiterated that the United States with its allies and partners are ready to respond “resolutely if Russia invades Ukraine further”. The White House tenant also warned of the “real possibility of the Russians invading Ukraine in February,” said US National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne.

As reported in a note from the White House, Biden also “underlined the commitment of the United States to sovereignty and elterritorial integrity of Ukraine“, Recalling” that the US has provided Ukraine with over half a billion dollars in development and humanitarian assistance in the last year “and explaining that” further macroeconomic support is being studied to help the Ukrainian economy amid the pressures deriving from the military strengthening of Russia “. The US president then clarified that “despite the departure of American family members of the embassy staff, the US embassy in Kiev remains open and fully operational”.

The Ukrainian president, for his part, defined the Russian threat “Dangerous, but ambiguous”. The Pentagon announced some of the units that have been put on alert to eventually be deployed to Eastern Europe in case Russia invades Ukraine, for a total of 8,500 men.

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Ukraine, Moscow takes time

In any case, the ball is now on the Russian court and is likely to remain there for a long time. The Kremlin is in no hurry to react to the responses provided by the US and NATO to its requests for the security guarantees to which he linked the solution of the Ukrainian crisis.
Moscow seems to be aiming to extend a tug-of-war, which has already brought to light some cracks between Americans and Europeans and is waiting to see if “total unanimity” between Europe and USA President Joe Biden has spoken of will hold up against the steady rise in tension.

All this while the explicit support of the China, and Vladimir Putin extends the game also towards Turkey, saying he accepts mediation from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In short, Moscow seems convinced that time is playing in its favor above all, due to a possible lack of supplies of Russian gas.

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