The United States is considering various options for responding to pressure from the Russian Federation: including the suspension of military assistance to Ukraine

At the same time, Washington does not exclude its possible participation in the Minsk talks.On the sidelines of the alliance, discussion continues on how NATO will respond to the growing threat of a full-scale Russian offensive against Ukraine / Flickr / The US ArmyOn the sidelines of the alliance, discussion continues on how NATO will respond to the growing threat of a full-scale Russian offensive against Ukraine / Flickr / The US Army

Joe Biden’s administration wants to take advantage of the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting on Tuesday to focus on options for the alliance’s response to the Kremlin’s military pressure on Ukraine.

This is stated in the publication of the Wall Street Journal .

As informed sources told the publication, now “on the sidelines” of the alliance, the discussion continues on how NATO will respond to the growing threat of a full-scale Russian offensive against Ukraine. However, everyone agrees that it is necessary to “preserve political channels” with Moscow.

The options for action, the newspaper writes, referring to high-ranking American officials, contain steps to strengthen Ukraine’s defenses and introduce tougher economic sanctions against Russia.

At the same time, other options are designed to reduce the risk of confrontation with Moscow, in particular to limit US military exercises in Europe, which Russians believe are provocative, and to suspend military assistance to Ukraine, officials said in a commentary to WST.

In turn, Washington does not exclude its possible participation in the Minsk talks.

The Wall Street Journal emphasizes that opinions on the reaction to Moscow’s pressure in Washington are different: the White House insists on finding diplomatic solutions to the crisis, while the US Department of Defense and the US State Department emphasize the importance of strengthening containment.

The situation on the border of the Russian Federation and Ukraine

On November 11, Bloomberg published an article discussing the risks of a full-scale Russian attack on Ukraine. The agency noted that in the circles of American and European diplomats, they are seriously worried about the current movement of Russian troops towards the Ukrainian border.

Moscow itself denies this , calling the autumn redeployment of troops a “show of force.”

In early November, information began to appear in the Western media with reference to satellite imagery data about the active movement of the Russian military to the border with Ukraine. 

At the same time, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine denied this information.

This is the second likely wave of aggravation on the Russian-Ukrainian border since March 2021. However, as Bloomberg writes, so far the concentration of Russian troops takes place mainly at night, while in the spring the Kremlin openly threatened an offensive, exerting political pressure on Ukraine, the EU and the United States.

Russian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said that the threat of a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine by Russia does exist, but Kiev is doing the necessary work to prevent such a scenario from being realized.

(C)UNIAN 2021

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