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Moscow advances its pawns in the Ukrainian dossier

Russia is advancing its pawns in the Ukrainian dossier. After having deployed 90,000 men along the Ukrainian border, Vladimir Putin asks for “Security guarantees” ensuring that NATO does not “Will not progress towards the East” and will not deploy new weapon systems “In the immediate vicinity of Russian territory”. The head of Russian diplomacy Sergey Lavrov reiterated, Thursday, December 2, at the podium of the annual conference of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Stockholm (Sweden), this proposal, made the day before in Moscow by the Russian President.

Tension strategy

The Kremlin seems to be betting on a strategy of tension to obtain a political and military neutralization of Ukraine. In other words, the assurance that this country, whether it adheres to the Atlantic Alliance or not, does not turn into “American aircraft carrier”. A very direct way of suggesting that Moscow and Washington agree on their respective spheres of influence, at the expense of Kiev and its European neighbors.

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The American administration seeks precisely to avoid this trap, by emphasizing the strengthening of solidarity between allies and by calling for the “Full implementation” of the Minsk agreements. Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin should have the opportunity to speak directly about it ” in the near future “, confirmed the head of the American diplomacy Antony Blinken.

After a half-hour meeting with his Russian counterpart, on the sidelines of the OSCE meeting, the US Secretary of State once again called on Russia to ” de-escalation “, threatening to “Serious consequences” in case of’“Aggression” against Ukraine. The day before, in Riga, Latvia, he had mentioned, without further ado, “High impact economic measures”, if Russia chooses the path of confrontation. In the event of a Russian military offensive, it is said in Washington, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, intended to transport Russian gas to Europe, could be canceled.

Unsurprisingly, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, for his part, categorically rejected Russian demands. “Russia cannot prevent Ukraine from drawing closer to NATO, did he declare. Any Russian proposal to discuss with NATO or the United States or any other country the alleged guarantees that the alliance would not extend to the East is illegitimate. “

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