Russia has called on Western powers to “do nothing about sanctions” as tensions over the Ukraine crisis escalate.
Western leaders have threatened Moscow with a damaging package of sanctions if it invades Ukraine, but according to one of its ambassadors, Russian President Vladimir Putin does not care.
Russia’s ambassador to Sweden, Viktor Tatarntsev, said: “The more the West pushes Russia, the stronger the Russian response will be.”
“Forgive my language but we do not *** all of their restrictions – they have had a positive effect on our economy and agriculture.”
His comments came as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined the latest diplomatic effort to bring Russian President Vladimir Putin “back from the brink” of war in Ukraine as the crisis reached a boiling point. Was signaled an attack.
Downing Street acknowledged that Moscow could plan an attack “at any moment” but that the prime minister would hold talks with world leaders before visiting Europe during a “window of opportunity” this week to reduce tensions. Will
Britain and other NATO allies have urged their citizens to flee Ukraine, and some airlines have canceled flights to Kiev amid growing fears that an estimated 130,000 Russian troops could attack the border. Can be ready for
Mr Johnson, who receives daily intelligence briefings from security chiefs, is believed to be working with allies to provide more defense and economic support to Kiev, an announcement to be made in the coming days. Will be done for
One Downing Street reported Political“The crisis on the Ukrainian border has reached a critical juncture. All the information we have shows that Russia could plan an attack on Ukraine at any time.
“It will have devastating consequences for both Ukraine and Russia.”
“There is still a window of opportunity for de-escalation and diplomacy, and the prime minister will continue to work tirelessly with his allies to push Russia out of the quagmire.”
German Chancellor Olaf Schulz will meet with President Putin in Moscow on Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to avert a third world war.
U.S. officials have said in a statement that Russia is considering a date for Wednesday’s attack, but it is not clear how accurate that information is.
No. 10 did not say which world leaders the prime minister was hoping to talk to or where he intended to travel before the weekend, but said he was expected to hold talks with the Nordic and Baltic states. Want to
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is also expected to visit the continent amid diplomatic pressure, while Defense Minister Ben Wallace will travel to Brussels this week for a meeting of NATO defense ministers to discuss his response to the crisis.
Mr Wallace was accused of comparing President Putin to Adolf Hitler in an interview with the Sunday Times when he described the “Munich wave in the air” as referring to the 1938 agreement reached with Sodetenland. The Germans allowed access but failed to prevent World War II.
Sources close to Mr Wallace explained that his frustration was centered on the fact that if Mr Putin attacked, “whatever the case may be, all diplomacy would be a straitjacket”, rather than a European ally. Be targeted
On Sunday, US President Joe Biden held talks with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, vowing that the United States and its allies would respond “swiftly and decisively” in the event of a further Russian attack.
Moscow denies planning the attack, and Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accuses the White House of spreading “hysteria”, but US intelligence says the Kremlin is carrying a “false flag” for the attack. “It simply came to our notice then.