With sanctions imposed on the countries of the world, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken canceled a meeting scheduled for Thursday with his Russian counterpart. “There is no point in meeting at this point.”
Canada, Japan and Australia jumped on the western bandwagon last night. They all announced economic sanctions against Russia. The “unprovoked, unwarranted and unacceptable invasion of Ukraine,” as Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison calls it, is moving beyond Europe.
The sanctions announced by countries are similar to those imposed by the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom, which target oligarchs and banks. EU member states will no longer allow Russian lawmakers to enter their territories and trade between the EU and Donbass will be restricted. The most striking punishment was the (temporary?) suspension of the gas pipeline Nord Stream 2† Ukraine’s foreign minister said his country appreciates the sanctions. Ukraine itself has also imposed sanctions on 351 individuals, among whom are parliamentarians who support the independence of Luhansk and Donetsk.
Diplomacy is rejected
Because of Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine and the series of sanctions, diplomacy has been suspended, at least for the time being. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken does not consider sitting with the Russians useful now and has canceled the meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. Now that the invasion has begun, it is clear that Russia has rejected diplomacy.” Putin indicates that he still sees more diplomatic consultations.
It is no longer a matter of sitting around the table, but of knocking at the table. Because the West is terrified of Putin intends to go much furtherShe still has a bunch of tougher penalties up her sleeve. The Western Allies agreed among themselves, with more aggression, and more sanctions. On the shelf, among other things, an export ban on some products and the exclusion of Russia from the international payment system fast† At the moment, Russia responds indifferently. They are convinced that the West, by definition, wants sanctions. “With or without reason,” Lavrov noted.
Putin rebuked the head of the KGB during a Security Council meeting on Monday:
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