For the past few days, NATO and the United States have adopted an increasingly harsh discourse towards Russia, which they accuse of wanting to invade Ukraine. If the media in Kiev welcome this firmness, many believe, however, that it will not be enough to dissuade Vladimir Putin.
Shortly before his meeting on December 2 in Stockholm with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken still criticized the “Russian Federation to try to destabilize Ukraine from within while preparing a large-scale military operation”, recalls the Ukrainian news site Obozrevatel. “Blinken added that in recent weeks there has been a considerable increase in Russian propaganda on social media, to the same level as before the Russian intervention in 2014.”
At the time, Russian forces were deployed in Crimea, the peninsula was annexed after a controversial referendum, and fighting broke out between the Ukrainian army and separatists backed by Russian units. in the Donbass. More than seven years later, when negotiations in what has been called the “Normandy format” have stalled, not to say definitely abandoned, Russia is once again carrying out major military deployments. at the border of Ukraine.
Both in Kiev and in the Western chancelleries, the risk of a Russian invasion is being raised more and more openly. So much so that Washington decided to raise the tone, Blinken warning Moscow against “The serious consequences” what could such an offensive have, reports the site of the chain CNN. For his part, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also warned: “We have all been very clear: there will be a high price to pay” if Russia takes the plunge.
Ukrainian diplomacy, in the person of its leader, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba, is trying to present these recent declarations as a victory. He thus stated, in a