Highlights of the story
- Russia prepares for attack in January
- U.S. intelligence says
- Tensions have risen between the United States and Russia
Russia-Ukraine crisis: Tensions continue along the Russia-Ukraine border. A US intelligence report has suggested that Russia may launch an attack on Ukraine in January. Amid tensions between the two countries, US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak on Tuesday. The two almost meet.
This was confirmed by Russian President Pawan’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov. When asked how long the talks between the two leaders would take, he said, ‘This will be decided by the President.’ However, the White House has not yet released this information. There has been no talk between the two leaders since July.
Russia is adamant that the United States guarantee that Ukraine will not join the NATO military alliance. But NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has made it clear that Russia has no role to play in deciding who should and should not be included in the coalition. Many former US and NATO diplomats say there is no room for such a request from Russia.
Meanwhile, US intelligence has discovered that Russia has about 70,000 troops stationed on the Ukrainian border and may launch an attack early next year.
However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Putin’s government. U.S. officials and former diplomats say Ukraine’s military is better and more prepared than ever. In addition, Russia’s economy will suffer huge losses.
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that NATO’s use of Ukraine’s land against Russia could have repercussions. Putin said he was equally concerned about NATO’s actions near its border with Western nations over the possibility of a Russian attack on Ukraine. At the same time, Biden said he was working on a comprehensive effort to make it harder for President Putin to attack Ukraine. Putin has said that placing weapons on his border is a “red line”. As Biden puts it, he does not accept anyone’s like the ‘red line’.
Ukraine has also expressed fears that Russia could be attacked next month. Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksi Resnikov has said that 94,300 Russian troops are stationed on the border, and that their numbers could increase further in January.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky recently accused the Russians and some Ukrainians of plotting and seeking the help of Ukraine’s rich Rinad Akhmedov. However, Russia and Akhmetov have denied the allegations. In the next few weeks, Biden is said to be in talks with Zhelensky.
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