Russia war fears: Revelation 16

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BRITAIN is on red alert as Russia edges towards an attack on Ukraine wielding thousands of deadly warheads.

By Tara Fair

 22:51, Tue, Dec 7, 2021 | UPDATED: 23:05, Tue, Dec 7, 2021

17 hours ago22:51Tara Fair

Moscow ties with Washington in an ‘unsatisfactory state’

The bilateral ties between Washington and Moscow were in an “unsatisfactory state”, according to the Kremlin. 

It said Vladimir Putin proposed removing limits on the functioning of their respective embassies following a tit-for-tat row in which each country has reduced the number of diplomats that the other can post.

The two world leaders both emphasised their desire to normalise relations and continue cooperating on issues of mutual interest such as cyber security, a spokesperson said. 17 hours ago22:27Tara Fair

Biden and Putin ‘a long way from agreeing on anything’

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin are “a long way from agreeing on anything,” warns a director of an international crisis group. 

Olga Oliker, program director for Europe and Central Asia at International Crisis Group, said: “Two hours suggests to me they had a substantive conversation.

“But they’re a long way from agreeing on anything.

“But since these aren’t easy issues, it’s not a bad sign – as long as everyone keeps talking.”

The Kremlin, which said before Tuesday’s meeting that it did not expect any breakthroughs, has denied harbouring any intention to attack Ukraine and said that its troop posture is defensive.18 hours ago22:05Tara Fair

Kremlin accuses Ukraine of behaving provocatively

A Kremlin statement outlining the discussion held between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of behaving provocatively. 

Mr Putin claimed that Ukraine was taking a “destructive line” aimed at dismantling agreements from 2014 and 2015 designed to end the war with Russian-backed separatists.

In response to an accusation that Russia was behaving in a threatening manner, Mr Putin responded that: “it is actually NATO that is making dangerous attempts to conquer Ukrainian territory and is building up its military potential at our borders”.

The Kremlin explained: “Therefore, Russia is seriously interested in obtaining reliable, legally fixed guarantees that rule out NATO expansion eastward and the deployment of offensive strike weapons systems in states adjacent to Russia.”18 hours ago21:40Tara Fair

Johnson, Biden and EU leaders agree on continued dialogue with Russia

Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and other European leaders have agreed on the need for ongoing dialogue with Russia aimed at ending its threatening behaviour towards Ukraine. 

President Biden spoke to Mr Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel after the US president spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss Ukraine.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: “The leaders underlined the importance of Russia ceasing their threatening behaviour towards Ukraine.

“They agreed on the need for ongoing dialogue with Russia to encourage this outcome.

“The leaders agreed to stay in close contact and to coordinate their approaches to this issue.”19 hours ago21:02Tara Fair

Presidents recall US-Russian alliance during WW2

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin discussed the cooperative relationship between their two nations during the second world war during a video call today, according to a statement released by the Kremlin. 

The two leaders spoke fondly of the Russian-American summit held in Geneva in June 2021 which led them to discuss the alliance in WW2. 

The document claims they agreed the sacrifices made then should not be forgotten, and the alliance itself should serve as an example for building contacts and working together in today’s realities.19 hours ago20:42Tara Fair

Putin demands end of NATO expansion

Vladimir Putin used his virtual call with Joe Biden on Tuesday to demand legally binding security guarantees that would rule out the expansion of NATO.

During a two hour conversation with the US president via video call, Mr Putin claimed NATO was bolstering its military potential near Russia’s borders and “making dangerous attempts to conquer Ukrainian territory,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

“Therefore, Russia is seriously interested in obtaining reliable, legally fixed guarantees that rule out NATO expansion eastward and the deployment of offensive strike weapons systems in states adjacent to Russia,” the Kremlin said.

Mr Putin said the idea that Ukraine could join NATO and the possibility of the alliance deploying missiles against Russia was a “red line” it would not allow to be crossed. 19 hours ago20:35Tara Fair

US threatens Russia with economic sanctions

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Joe Biden told Vladimir Putin that if Russia invades Ukraine, the United States and its allies will respond with economic measures.

The US president warned Mr Putin of “strong economic and other measures” as punishment should Moscow start a military conflict.

“There was a lot of give and take, there was no finger-wagging, but the president was crystal clear where the United States stands on all of these issues,” Mr Sullivan added. 20 hours ago19:59Tara Fair

Ukraine thanks Biden for support, urges Russia to ease tensions by diplomatic means

Ukraine is grateful for the support given by US president Joe Biden and has urged Russia to use diplomatic means to ease tensions, according to an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s chief of staff.

Mykhailo Podolyak said: “We are grateful to President Biden for his unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“We support President Biden’s call on the Russian leader to return to diplomatic instruments and ensure de-escalation in our region.

“We will continue to coordinate with the American side to achieve concrete results in the interests of Ukraine.”20 hours ago19:14Tara Fair

Biden voices his concern to Putin in tense virtual talk

Joe Biden has used his virtual meeting with Vladimir Putin to voice his deep concerns about Russia’s actions towards Ukraine, the White House has claimed. 

A White House statement said: “President Biden voiced the deep concerns of the United States and our European Allies about Russia’s escalation of forces surrounding Ukraine and made clear that the US and our allies would respond with strong economic and other measures in the event of military escalation.”

The US president also took the opportunity to reiterate his support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and called for de-escalation and a return to diplomacy, the statement said.

The two leaders also discussed the US-Russia dialogue on Strategic Stability, ransomware and Iran, during the two-hour meeting, the White House revealed. 22 hours ago17:46Tara Fair

Biden locked in talks with Putin for two hours

The virtual meeting between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, in which they discussed the international concern that Russia could be plotting to attack Ukraine, lasted more than two hours.

The world leaders were locked in talks from 6:08 pm to 8:10 pm Moscow time, the Russian state-run TASS news agency reported.

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Boris Johnson to enter crisis talks with Western countries

Boris Johnson is set to join leaders from Germany, Italy, France and the United States at 18:00 following Joe Biden’s virtual meeting with the Russian president. 

The talks will discuss the threat that Russia will launch an attack on Ukraine. 

Russia denies plotting to attack its neighbour but has amassed an estimated 175,000 soldiers along the border. 22 hours ago17:18Tara Fair

Biden hopes to meet Putin in person, according to Russian footage

US President Joe Biden has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that he hoped he could meet him in person the next time they meet, according to Russian state TV footage. 

The Kremlin said it hoped the two leaders could hold an in-person summit to discuss what it has described as the lamentable state of US-Russia ties.

Mr Biden and Mr Putin greeted each other in a friendly manner at the start of the virtual talks which are expected to be tense after threats made on either side. 

Moscow vehemently denies they intend to attack Ukraine. 23 hours ago16:46Tara Fair

Putin ‘firmly believes’ Russians and Ukrainians are ‘one people’

Russian president Vladimir Putin “firmly believes” that Russians and Ukrainians are “one people”, according to an essay he wrote earlier this year. 

The 5,000-word essay written by the Russian president was published in July, and called “On the historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians”. 

The essay goes some way to explaining how the Russian president views the relationship between his country and Ukraine. 

During the extensive thought-piece, Mr Putin says the two countries are part of “the same historical and spiritual space”. 

He also laments “forces” that attempt to “undermine” their “unity” and seek to “divide” them. 24 hours ago15:48Tara Fair

What can be expected from the Biden – Putin call?

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin began virtual talks on Ukraine and other subjects on Tuesday, Russian state television reported.

The conversation comes amid Western fears that Moscow plans to attack Ukraine. 

President Biden is expected to warn Mr Putin that Russia could face the toughest economic sanctions yet if they choose to invade their southern neighbour. 

One source claimed the sanctions could target Russia’s biggest banks and Moscow’s ability to convert roubles into dollars and other currencies.

The threat of sanctions is designed to dissuade Mr Putin from using tens of thousands of troops massed near the Ukrainian border to launch an attack. 

The Kremlin, which said before the meeting it did not expect any breakthroughs, has denied harbouring such intentions and has said its troop posture is defensive.

Phone call between Putin and Biden underway

The phone call between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin is now underway. 

British Government ‘deeply concerned’

Vicky Ford, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office minister, has told the House of Commons that the government remains “deeply concerned” about Russia’s military build-ups “in and around Ukraine.”

She explained: “The UK is very clear: any military incursion by Russia into Ukraine would be a strategic mistake.

“The Russian government should expect significant strategic consequences. The cost of an invasion would be catastrophically high.”

She added that “[Putin] needs to de-escalate now and return to diplomatic channels”.

Good afternoon

Good afternoon from London. I’m Tara Fair, I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments on the threat of Russian military aggression for the next eight hours. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.

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Is the real target the West?

Some analysts have said that a fresh annexation of Ukraine wouldn’t be in Mr Putin’s interest, and suspect his true intentions could, in fact, lie in the West.

US President Joe Biden will meet with Russia’s Vladmir Putin shortly to discuss the situation.

But is the real target the West?

Read more here.

Government needs to ‘protect our democratic, poltical system’

Labour MP Chris Bryant said the Government needs to protect “our democratic, political system” from Russia.

Speaking in the Commons, he said the country has “played a deliberate act of semi war”.

He added: Don’t we need to match that insistency with internal consistency of our own?”

Particularly, Mr Bryant noted, “tackling the dirty money in British public” so that “our democratic, political system is safe from assault by the Russians”.

Foreign Office minister Vicky Ford said, “Russia’s actions do pose an acute and direct threat to the national security not only of the UK but also its allies”.

Cost of invading would be ‘catastrophically high’

The cost of Russia invading Ukraine would be “catastrophically high” and the UK is considering an extension of “purely defensive” support for Ukraine, foreign minister Vicky Ford said.

Mr Ford told the Commons: “Any military incursion by Russia into Ukraine would be a strategic mistake.

“The Russian Government should expect significant strategic consequences. The costs of an incursion would be catastrophically high.”

She added: “Let us be very clear, we stand by Ukraine and we are considering an extension of purely defensive support to Ukraine to help Ukraine defend itself.

“Putin needs to de-escalate now and return to diplomatic channels.”

Biden’s ‘highest-stakes’ conversation to date

The New York Times said today’s meeting between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin is Biden’s “highest-stakes” conversation since he took office. 

The publication added that it “may set the course for Ukraine’s ability to remain a fully independent nation”.

Following the video call, which is due to take place around 3 pm UK time, Biden will hold another call with European leaders in the coming days.

Russia needs to know ‘what economic price is’

Latvia said the West must send a strong message to Russia to deter them from invading Ukraine. 

Foreign minister Edgar Rinkēvičs said Russia “needs to know in advance what the economic price tag is.”

He added that it is unclear if President Vladimir Putin was simply trying to test the resolve of the West or if the Kremlin planned a full-scale invasion.

He said; “Maybe astrology or some other more precise science needs to be involved. But I do believe that Ukraine for Russia and President Putin is an essential part of the kind of vision of a great Russia.”

Rinkēvičs said Nato needs to “increase sites presence in the eastern flank to deter Putin.

He added: “Seeing what is happening now in and around Ukraine, we need also to review where we are with the defence of the eastern flank of NATO.

“That means more capabilities that could actually send a very strong deterrent message to Russia.”

Sanctions are ‘nonsense’

The chief executive of Russia’s top bank Sberbank said reports that new US sanctions may hit the Russian rouble’s conversion ability are “nonsense”.

US officials said sanctions, which a source said could target Russia’s biggest banks and Moscow’s ability to convert roubles to dollars, could be introduced. 

But German Gref told reporters “This is just nonsense… This is impossible to ban, impossible to execute.”

Kremlin expects no breakthrough at Putin-Biden talks

The Kremlin said it expects no breakthrough at virtual talks between Putin and Biden, but urged people to remain calm. 

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow regretted what he called the White House’s predictable tendency to resort to sanctions, but said that Putin was ready to hear out Biden’s concerns and that the Kremlin leader wanted to set out his own.

He said: “There’s no need to expect any breakthroughs from this conversation. It is a working conversation at a very difficult period,” Peskov said.

“The escalation of tensions in Europe is off the scale, it is extraordinary, and this requires a personal discussion at the highest level.”

US Secretary of State speaks with Ukraine President

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted overnight that he spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. 

Mr Blinken said they spoke about “Russia’s aggression” and reiterated the US “unwavering” support.

The White House confirmed that President Biden will speak to Putin from the Situation Room via video call around 3pm UK time. 

What sanctions could be imposed?

Joe Biden’s team has identified a set of economic penalties to impose should Russia invade Ukraine. 

A source familiar with the situation said targeting Putin’s inner circle has been discussed but no decision have been made. 

CNN reports that the US could include the extreme step of disconnecting Russia from the SWIFT international payment system used by banks around the world. 

Bloomberg reported that the US and European allies are weighing sanctions targeting the Russian Direct Investment Fund. 

The United States could also restrict the ability of investors to buy Russian debt on the secondary market, Bloomberg added, citing people familiar with the matter.

The White House has declined to comment.

Russia accused of trying to provoke Ukraine

Ukraine has accused Russia of deploying tanks and additional sniper teams to the frontline to try to provoke return fire. 

The statement said, “the enemy increased the number of sniper pairs in readiness to inflict casualties on the personnel of the Joint Forces, destroy video surveillance elements and provoke return fire”.

Biden to tell Putin he’ll face toughest sanctions

US President Joe Biden is expected to encourage diplomatic de-escalation when he speaks to Russian leader Vladimir Putin later today. 

Officials said Biden will tell him that Russia will be hit with the toughest economic sanctions yet if it invades Ukraine.

They said the sanctions, which a source said could target Russia’s biggest banks and Moscow’s ability to convert roubles into dollars and other currencies, were designed to dissuade Putin from using thousands of troops massed near the Ukrainian border to attack.

World leaders hold overnight talks

As fears grow, Boris Johnson held a video call with Joe Biden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

The video conference looked to present a “united front” of NATO leaders. 

No 10 said the leaders called on Russia to “de-escalate tensions and reaffirmed their staunch support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity”.

Following the call, the White House said leaders “agreed that diplomacy, especially thought the Normandy Format, is the only way forward to resolve the conflict”.

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