Biden I am generally open to diplomacy and talks at the highest level. But now, with Putin pushing ahead with the invasion of a sovereign country, it is not the right time for that. In the past few days there was a personal meeting of Biden and Putin have been in conversation. The initiative for such a summit came from French President Emmanuel Macron, who met Putin twice on Sunday and once with him Biden had telephoned. Biden According to the White House, “in principle” agreed to a meeting, and the Kremlin had also been open to it.
Because of Putin’s recent decisions in the Ukraine crisis, however, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken canceled a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov planned for Thursday in Geneva. Blinken stressed that he agreed to the meeting on the condition that Russia would not invade Ukraine. Now that Moscow has decided to launch an invasion and not diplomacy, it does not make sense to hold this meeting at this time.
Psaki emphasized: “We will never completely close the door on diplomacy.” Blinking didn’t do that either. But a change of course by Moscow is necessary. There were never concrete plans or a timetable for another meeting between the two presidents. All of this should have been discussed at Blinken’s and Lavrov’s meeting on Thursday. And that’s not the case now.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba welcomed US sanctions against Russia. “The sanctions announced today are aimed at Russia and are very specific. They’re painful,” he said. However, one was somewhat “surprised” on Monday when the US government announced its first measures, said Kuleba during a visit to Washington. The US government banned US persons from doing business with or in those areas following Moscow’s decision to recognize the independence of the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.
“We have not seen how Russia, which has granted this recognition, is punished,” Kuleba said. But that has now changed. had on Tuesday Biden finally announced sanctions against two Russian banks, against trading in Russian government bonds and against three supporters of Putin and their relatives. “We can still stop him if we (…) continue to put pressure on him,” said the Ukrainian, referring to Putin. He also emphasized: “There is no such thing as a small, medium or large invasion. An invasion is an invasion.”
Putin recognized the independence of the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine on Monday. The Kremlin boss ordered the dispatch of Russian soldiers. He is planning an invasion of Ukraine for the second time since 2014. The West accuses him of violating international law.