The tension between Russia, on the one hand, and Ukraine and the OTA N, on the other, continues to gain integers, increasing the risk, as the days go by, that an isolated incident ignites the spark of an open conflict with unpredictable consequences.
Russian, Ukrainian and American leaders and representatives exchanged harsh reproaches and threats on Tuesday , sometimes using language that many analysts already describe as pre – war .
In full verbal escalation, during a telephone conversation focused on the Ukrainian conflict, US President Jose Biden has proposed his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, hold a summit “in a third country in the coming months” with the aim of establishing “a stable and predictable relationship” with Moscow, according to a statement issued by the White House.
The Kremlin , the Government of Kiev and the Atlantic Alliance have continued during the day to reinforce their military and naval deployment, both along the Russian-Ukrainian border and in the waters of the Black Sea.
The Russian Deputy Foreign , Sergey Ryabkov has warned ships of the Alliance Atlantic sailing on the Black Sea to stay away from the Crimea , annexed by Russia in 2014 , using words similar to those used during episodes pasts crisis in the cold war of the twentieth century.
“American ships have absolutely nothing to do near our shores; it is apurely provocative action … they are testing our strength, playing with our nerves; They are not going to win “, the high official has warned, before pronouncing a lapidary phrase :” We warn the United States to stay away from our shores; it’s better for them. “
Two American warships are currently heading towards the waters of this semi-enclosed sea that bathes the coasts of Russia and several member states of the alliance. Although their names have not been officially released, according to the US portal The War Zone , which specializes in warfare, they are the USS Donald Cook and the USS Rooselvelt , two Arleigh Burkle-class destroyers, characterized by their great size and power. of fire .
The ships will cross the Turkish Straits of Dardanelles and Bosphorus in the next few hours, and will remain until the beginning of May. The Pentagon announced the deployment just hours after it The Russian Defense Ministry will report the shipment of a dozen warships from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea, including ships and landing craft.
For years, the presence of US military vessels and the Atlantic Alliance in the area has been permanent. In recent weeks, various incidents have come to light in which Russian warplanes conduct reconnaissance low-flying flights around the ships of their adversaries.
Unmatched since 2014
On land, along the common border with Ukraine, Russia has deployed a military device unmatched since 2014, when it annexed the Crimean peninsula and fueled war in eastern Ukraine. Faced with such military movements carried out by its powerful eastern neighbor , the Government of Kiev seeks to obtain international support , in addition to trying to accelerate the country’s integration into NATO .
To this end, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmitro Kuleba , has traveled to Brussels , where he has asked his Western allies for new economic sanctions against the Kremlin, in addition to military aid . “At the operational level, we need measures that dissuade Russia from itsaggressive intentions , “he claimed during a press conference.
At his side, the Secretary General of the Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg , has accused Russia of trying to re-edit a zone of influence in the immediate surroundings of its borders, as in Soviet times, and has warned Moscow that it will be the own military organization which will decide the concrete moment of the accession of Ukraine.
“It will be the 30 allies of NATO who decide when Ukraine is ready to become a member; no one else has the right to interfere in the process,” he warned.
Hours later, also in the Belgian capital, Kuleba met with his American counterpart Anthony Blinken , who has expressed his country’s ” unwavering support ” for Kiev’s aspirations to join the military alliance, according to a statement issued by the Department of Condition.
In similar terms, Biden has expressed his support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine during his telephone conversation with Putin, the second they have had since the arrival of the new US president to the White House.