Photo: Mikhail Verny Putin's responsibility “- Bill on new sanctions against Russia The initiative was presented to the U.S. Congress on January 19.
According to the Washington Post, the bill was introduced by Republican Sen. Jim Banks, backed by another 38 congressmen. The initiative includes the introduction of personal sanctions against Russian officials and security forces, including the press, Russian President Dmitry Peskov, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, TFR President Alexander Bastrykin, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov.
In addition, personal sanctions will be imposed on large business leaders and journalists Margarita Simonjan, Vladimir Solovyov, Konstantin Ernst.
At the same time, Russian-backed forces in Donbas will be recognized terrorists and Russia will be declared a “sponsor of terrorism”.
Russia's public debt transactions will be banned and measures will be put in place against Nord Stream 2, as well as cyber security and strategic security dialogues.
Ukrainian general accused Zelensky in a deliberate fan of fear of an alleged clash with Moscow. Former head of the Luhansk and Transcarpathian regions, Lieutenant General of the Interior Ministry Gennady Moskal, said this on a Nash television channel.
He added that the president of Ukraine could use the threat of “war” with Russia as a pretext for implementing the Minsk agreements. According to Moscow, the head of state can face the Ukrainians with a choice, either a war for which there are no forces or resources, or the implementation of agreements. Today, the general considers this scenario the most realistic. Western countries and Ukraine have been accusing Russia of escalating border tensions for several months. At the same time, Moscow claims that this rhetoric is used to deploy NATO troops in border areas.
The Washington Post writes that the US authorities have asked Moscow not to disclose Washington's official response to security guarantees. At the same time, the State Department is considering a scenario for Russia to release the document. The response will include US proposals demonstrating its readiness to continue the dialogue.
It is clarified that the US response does not affect the guarantees of NATO's non-enlargement to the east.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called Minister Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba results of talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and representatives of European countries. This is stated in a statement from the Foreign Ministry.
According to Blinken, Russia rejects allegations of an aggressive attitude towards Ukraine. He promised that in the event of an invasion, Moscow would react quickly and harshly.
The US Secretary of State assured Kulebu that Washington did not intend to make any decisions regarding Ukraine without the participation of Kiev.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said it was impossible to discuss the situation in Ukraine without Ukraine, but allowed to discuss Belarus's problems without its representatives. This was stated by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova in her channel Telegram.
The diplomat gave other examples. In particular, she wondered if it was possible to count Venezuelan money without the Venezuelan government, to distribute Russian gas without Russia's participation. In addition, no one invites the G7 to discuss the problems of other states. “The partners are confused by the values,” said a representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry. .
White House press secretary Jen Psaki answered the briefing when asked by reporters how likely it was that US President Joe Biden would hold a new meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken noted after talks with Russian Secretary of State Sergei Lavrov that Biden is ready for such a possible meeting.
“The president always appreciates leadership interaction,” Psaki said.
< At the same time, she emphasized that the administration had yet to decide whether such a further step was appropriate. when such a meeting will take place or whether it will take place at all.
For now, Joe Biden said, Minister Binken would hear about his conversation with Sergei Lavrov in Geneva. And then Blinken and Lavrov are expected to have another meeting.
The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to the request for “The Foreign Ministry rejects the Russian Foreign Ministry's inappropriate and unsubstantiated statements about the Allied military presence on NATO's eastern flank,” the Romanian Foreign Ministry agreed. NATO's presence in various countries is the result of decisions taken by the leaders of these states, it is due to a defensive response to Russia's growing aggressive behavior, said Romanian representatives. They added that they welcomed the statements by the United States and France about plans to deploy troops in Romania to protect the Allies. The Romanian side has also expressed hope that negotiations between Russia and the West will lead to a de-escalation of the situation.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has previously called for the withdrawal of NATO forces from Bulgaria and Romania. This follows from one of Russia's proposals for security guarantees.
As mentioned, we are talking about the withdrawal of foreign forces, equipment and weapons from countries that were not members of the North Atlantic Alliance in 1997.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told a news conference in Geneva after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that he had warned against Moscow's choice between negotiations and war.
“Russia is facing a choice – negotiations or conflict, Blinken said. He added that the United States is ready for both options.
Blinken also warned Lavrov that “crossing the Ukrainian border with Russian troops would be considered an invasion and would require a response.”
He generally noted that today's discussion with Lavrov was not “non-negotiating, but sincere. exchange of ideas. The minister said that he had presented a number of security ideas to the Russian minister and assured them that they were all based on the principle of reciprocity. He also stressed that the Allies are ready to work to address Russia's security concerns.
Recall that the Kremlin has repeatedly denied statements by Western officials that Russia is preparing an attack on Ukraine. Sergei Lavrov stressed at a press conference today that “Russia has never threatened the Ukrainian people.”