The president of the United States, Joe Biden, considered this Tuesday that Vladimir Putin began his invasion of Ukraine and announced a total blockade of the great Russian financial institutions. The Democratic president also pointed out that the recognition of Ukrainian territories as republics is a provocation on the part of Moscow.
“Who does Putin think he is that gives him the right to declare new ‘countries’ on territory that belonged to his neighbors?” Biden noted.
Biden warned that Putin is laying the groundwork for further progress on Ukraine, clarifying that the United States will defend every inch of NATO member countries.
about sanctions, The US president said that these will be much more severe than the previous ones and detailed that he will cut off any source of financing from Russia to the West and will attack Russian elites.
The sanctions, among other things, target Russian banks and sovereign debt.
“And if Russia goes further with this invasion, we are prepared to go further with sanctions.Biden said.
Biden said there was still time to avoid a “worst case scenario,” which would be a full-scale bloody Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“There is no doubt that Russia is the aggressor, so we have a clear vision of the challenges we faceBiden said.
“However, there is still time to avoid a worst-case scenario that will bring untold suffering to millions of people if they move as suggested.”
What’s more, Biden announced that Washington will continue to supply “defensive” weapons to Kiev.
“I have authorized new deployments of US forces and equipment, already positioned in Europe, to reinforce our Baltic allies, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania,” the US president added in a speech from the White House.
This Tuesday, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, highlighted his “unwavering support” for Ukraine hours before receiving in Washington the Minister of Foreign Affairs of that country, Dmitro Kuleba, in full escalation of tensions with Moscow.
In a telephone conversation this morning, Blinken told Kuleba Washington’s “rapid response” to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to “recognize the supposed independence” of the so-called separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, in the Ukrainian region of Donbas, in the east of the country.
On the other hand, Putin declared on Tuesday that the “best solution” to solve the crisis around Ukraine would mean that this country renounces its will to join NATO, and “demilitarizes”.
“The best solution … would be for the authorities currently in power in Kiev to refuse to join NATO by themselves and remain neutral,” Putin warned.
The Russian president also advocated the “demilitarization” of Ukraine, claiming that it receives weapons from its Western allies.
If Western countries “fill the Kiev authorities with modern weapons (…), so the most important point is (…) the demilitarization of the current Ukraine”, he claimed