Is the US ready to clash with Russia over Ukraine?

The United States only has tough diplomatic moves and encourages its allies to act and “does very little to discourage Russia” itself.

In March, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba posted on Twitter that “The Ukrainian government has approved the Crimea Reintegration and Reintegration Strategy, a necessary historical document since 2014. The signal is very clear. : We are not only calling on the world to help regain Crimea, but Ukraine is also deploying its own, systematic efforts. “

The Asian Times said that Russia only seriously started building up its military capacity after the Ukrainian government officially announced its intention to reclaim Crimea at all costs. The newspaper said: “Despite all the notions of military might of Ukraine that the leaders in Kiev can nurture, without the significant support of the West, the Ukrainian army will be under force. Strong Russian military crushes just outside the disputed border in Eastern Ukraine.

Besides, the newspaper said that the administration of US President Joe Biden had expressed “arrogant” attitude towards Russia. The current situation is said to be similar to the “paradigm” that led to Russia’s victory in the Georgian war in 2008. The “pattern” was repeated in 2014, during the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine.Besides, the Asian Times said, it is unlikely that the West will go to war with Russia because of Ukraine. Ukraine is not a member of NATO. Not to mention that European members in NATO lack consensus on the severity of the threat from Russia. Without consensus, any attempt to deploy military forces for Ukraine will fail and will only deteriorate NATO’s image.

The Asian Times said that, in each case, Washington encouraged the “weak” countries along Russia’s border to boldly act against Russia, while the West never intended to intervene. change against “angry Russian bear”.

By the way, the Asian Times draws a “lesson” to Russia’s salami slicing strategy when it doesn’t need to take full control of Georgia in 2008 or Ukraine. Looking back at the events of 2008 and 2014, the US guarantee pledges did not seem to be of much value.

According to the newspaper, if war broke out with Russia, the US was unlikely to win. This is especially true when in every simulated war that US troops engage in under this same scenario, the United States is defeated by Russia.

Currently, Russia is effectively challenging the US in the Arctic. Russian forces are moving toward the Middle East and Africa. Besides, the Asian Times also alluded to Russia’s cyber-combat capabilities.

All Washington has done is only tough diplomatic moves and encourages allies to act. The US itself is said to be “doing very little to discourage Russia”.

How America heated up the situation

In fact, US President Biden is making analysts “bewildered” when he sent a signal of harmony with his Russian counterpart, Putin, and proved tougher than his predecessor, Donald Trump. Immediately after calling and asking Putin to meet with a senior in a third country, Mr. Biden imposed sanctions on Russian organizations, individuals and financial sectors. These are considered Washington’s toughest sanctions against Moscow since 2018, following the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in the UK.

However, analysts noted, the US sanctions were not in response to Russia’s military deployment on the border with Ukraine, but in response to Russian interventions in the US that Washington has long accused. tie. The US believes that Russia is responsible for the attack on US software group Solarwind, which caused serious consequences for the government and businesses of this country.

The “most severe” measure is the ban on US investors from buying and trading Russian government bonds. Until now, Western investors have often been very interested in Russian bonds because of relatively high interest rates and low risk of default.Washington has also repeatedly accused Moscow of interfering with US election campaigns. In response to these actions by Russia, the US president is now imposing much tougher sanctions on 32 Russian organizations and individuals, of which 10 Russian diplomats in Washington are deported. right away.

According to analysts, by being ready to punish the meeting, Mr. Biden is taking a different approach in relations with Russia. The new US President has not “restarted” the relationship the way predecessors Barack Obama, Donald Trump or George W. Bush tried to do, and also does not lead to a conflict with Russia. . Mr. Biden’s National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, has said that Washington wants “stable and predictable relationships”, including imposing announced sanctions.

Although less likely to go to war because of Ukraine, the US and its allies are well known to “add fuel to the fire”. In speaking with Ukrainian President Zelensky, NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg expressed interest in Russia’s military operations in the region near Ukraine and said NATO would firmly support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Meanwhile, the US repeatedly reaffirmed its support for Kiev, and warned Moscow.

From the beginning of 2021 up to now, the US has provided more than 100 million USD in aid and joint exercises with Ukraine. Along with the US money and promise, Britain’s participation in support of military training for Ukraine is said to contribute to “resurgence” Kiev’s determination to withdraw Donbass.On phone calls with Ukraine’s Defense Minister Andriy Taran, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Washington criticized Russia’s “act of aggression and escalation of provocations” in eastern Ukraine. Later, Mr. Austin also tweeted that the United States supported steadfast sovereignty, territorial integrity and Ukraine’s aspiration to join the European Union and NATO.

At the end of February 2021, Ukraine suddenly increased its military forces in the Donbass region, directly deployed 100,000 soldiers with eight brigades to the Donbass outpost, while also dispatching thousands of tanks and combat vehicles, deploying a posture that is believed to be ready to attack.

In the meantime, the United States deployed the aircraft carrier USS Dwight David Eisenhower to Greece, ready to enter the Black Sea and deploy dozens of Apache helicopters at the US military base in Saudi Arabia. Britain also dispatched warships, exercises in the Baltic Sea, and Spanish destroyers also entered the Black Sea.

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