Yana Stavskaya 08:23, 01/15/22 UNIAN
Psaki advised Russia to finally decide what the future path of the crisis on the Russian-Ukrainian border would be.
The White House reacted to the proposal of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to hold trilateral talks with Russian head Vladimir Putin.
Jen Psaki, press secretary of the administration, said this at a briefing. She said that Putin must determine which path he will choose: further escalation and sanctions, or dialogue.
“I have nothing to answer in terms of further steps in the negotiations. Now everyone has returned to their capitals and is discussing this. I note that the position of the president and ours is that Putin and Russia must decide what the future path will be. We are ready, regardless of what they decide. If they decide to invade Ukraine, the economic consequences will be far beyond 2014. If they decide they want to participate in diplomatic conversations and negotiations, we are open. And we hope that they will,” Psaki replied.
Russia must make its own choice, Psaki emphasized once again.
On January 14, the head of the Presidential Office, Andriy Yermak , announced that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had proposed to his American counterpart Joe Biden that trilateral talks be held with Russia.
According to Yermak, the American side accepted the proposal with interest. In turn, in Russia they answered that they had not received such an offer yet.
The threat of a full-scale Russian attack on Ukraine: what is known
Since November 2021, the international community has been concerned about the alarming movements of Russian troops along the border of Ukraine, which looks like preparations for a full-scale offensive against the country.
According to Western intelligence estimates, Putin could involve more than 100,000 troops in an attack on Ukraine, and the invasion itself could occur as early as the winter of 2022.
Due to the risk of escalation in the Russian-Ukrainian border, US President Joe Biden has repeatedly communicated with Russian head Vladimir Putin, but this has not helped reduce the degree of tension.
Against the background of the threat of another attack, Putin put forward demands for Ukraine not to join NATO, which the Kremlin called “security guarantees.” Russia claims that Alliance troops in Eastern Europe threaten its national security.
On this occasion, a series of meetings between representatives of the Russian Federation, the United States and NATO took place in Brussels, as a result of which the Alliance rejected Moscow’s ultimatum . Against the backdrop of the failure in the Russian Foreign Ministry , the West is already being directly blackmailed with a “difficult scenario” for Ukraine. Thus, the Kremlin allegedly wants to force Kiev to comply with the “Minsk agreements”.