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U.S. lawmakers advocate sanctions against Russia as Ukraine seeks new weapons, Putin speaks harshly

U.S. lawmakers advocate sanctions against Russia as Ukraine seeks new weapons, Putin speaks harshly

Photo: Russian President Putin. Photo by Wang Xiujun, reporter of China News Service

November 20 – 2021 According to a comprehensive report, tensions between Russia and Ukraine have been escalating recently. Ukraine said that it was seeking additional military assistance from its Western allies. U.S. senators have also been exposed to suggest imposing sanctions on Russia in the event of its “invasion of Ukraine”.

In this context, Russian President Putin accused the Western camp of fueling the conflict in Ukraine by conducting Black Sea exercises and sending strategic bombers. Putin also said that NATO’s recent exercises in the Black Sea exceeded “all restrictions” and believed that the West’s warnings to Russia were not paid enough attention.

Ukraine seeks military support from Western allies

U.S. senators were exposed to recommend sanctions against Russia

Recently, Ukraine announced that it was seeking additional military assistance from its Western allies. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Quleba said that his country is seeking political support and agreements to “give more defensive weapons for our army”.

Ukrainian President Zelensky said recently that Russia has gathered about 10 million soldiers along the Ukrainian border.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also expressed concern about Russia’s military operations and anti-satellite weapons tests near the Ukrainian border, and said Washington was not sure about Russian President Putin’s intentions.

In addition, the U.S. news website Axios also reported that the amendment to the defense budget considered by the U.S. Congress shows that Robert Menendez, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. Senate, recommended imposing sanctions on Russia in the event of its “invasion of Ukraine”.

According to the report, the amendment requires the President of the United States to impose sanctions and ban entry on Russia’s main military and intelligence officials, and proposes to expand military assistance to Ukraine. The amendment also recommends sanctions against Russian banks and state institutions, as well as any company or individual involved in the “North Stream-2” pipeline project.

Putin claims that the West despises Russia’s warning

Criticize its exercises in the Black Sea for exceeding “all restrictions”

According to the Chinese website of Al Jazeera TV, Russian President Putin said in a speech to foreign policy officials in Moscow that some actions of NATO strategic bombers exceeded all allowed limits.

Putin added that the West “contempts” Russia’s warning of crossing the “red line” and accused the Western camp of fueling the conflict in Ukraine by conducting Black Sea exercises and sending strategic bombers. He said, “Our Western partners are escalating the situation by providing modern lethal weapons and conducting provocative military exercises to Kiev.”

According to the Russian satellite network, Putin has previously called the so-called Russia’s preparation to invade Ukraine alarmist. He said that Moscow would never agree that it was a party to the conflict in Ukraine.

At the same time, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied some reports from Western media about the concentration of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border. Russian President’s Press Secretary Peskov said that Russia mobilized troops within its own territory as appropriate. This does not threaten anyone and should not worry anyone. Russia also said that the claim of “Russian aggression” was used as an excuse to deploy more NATO military equipment near the Russian border.

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