USA: Moscow gave the pretext to invade Ukraine – Europe

Washington relaunches: not only does Russia want to invade Ukraine, but for this it has also developed a media trap which should falsely accuse the forces of Kiev of an attack with civilian victims, in the pro-Russian separatist regions of Donbass and also in Russian territory. So says the Pentagon, confirming what was disclosed by four different sources in Joe Biden’s administration to The Washington Post.

Accusations which further exacerbate tensions after the decision announced by the United States to deploy 3,000 additional soldiers in the allied countries of Eastern Europe. The Moscow operation, according to Washington, was approved at the highest level. The aim would be to broadcast “propaganda videos” with “corpses” and images of alleged civilian casualties caused precisely by Ukrainian forces, armed by the West, to generate a strong emotional reaction that would justify an intervention from Moscow.

The complaint comes on the eve of a mission by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Beijing for the inauguration of the Winter Olympics, intended to strengthen the axis with China in an anti-American function. The Kremlin leader described him and Chinese President Xi Jinping as two “good friends” with “the same views on how to deal with the world’s problems”. Including, therefore, the standoff that has pitted Moscow against the United States and NATO in recent weeks. A dispute with ever more stormy tones, as evidenced by the latest confrontation between Russia and Germany, with the mutual banning of two state television channels.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced the closure of Deutsche Welle’s office in Moscow in response to the ban on the broadcast of the German channel Russia Today, a broadcaster already accused by several European countries of serving as a mouthpiece for Kremlin propaganda. . And the Russian response will not stop there. Moscow has in fact warned that it will impose sanctions on German state officials who played a role in the Russian TV ban, barring them from entering Russia. Bad encouragement for the visit that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is preparing to make to Moscow on February 15, as the leader of a country which maintains vital economic relations with Russia and therefore one of the most interested in the EU to find a diplomatic solution. Not an easy task in itself, given the developments of the last 24 hours.

“We continue to ask the United States to stop fueling tensions in Europe, but unfortunately the Americans continue to do so,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. In recent hours, among other things, Scholz has had to abruptly distance himself from the embarrassing statements of his predecessor in the Chancellery, this Gerhard Schroeder who now chairs the Russian oil giant Rosneft and who accused Ukraine of “war”. French President Macron, Putin’s most frequent European interlocutor last week, may also arrive in Moscow soon.

During a visit to Kiev, Recep Tayyip Erdogan offers himself as a mediator. Turkey, a member of NATO, is however ready to “do its part to resolve the crisis between two friendly countries, its neighbors on the Black Sea”, declared the Turkish president after a meeting with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. His hope is to welcome Putin to Ankara on his way back from Beijing, where he will attend the opening of the Winter Olympics. And where, above all, he will have a summit with Xi that will seal the strengthening of the strategic partnership between the two great enemies of Washington. In an article for Xinhua, Putin underlined among other things that between Moscow and Beijing “a mutually beneficial energy alliance is being formed”. And that, above all, there is a commitment to expand the use of local currencies for bilateral payments ($140 billion in exchanges in 2021) in order to “counter the negative effects of unilateral sanctions”. That is, those developed by Biden in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine to ban Moscow banks from dollar transactions.

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