U.S. braces for Russian escalation as talks hit “dead end”

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The crisis over Russia’s threatening military build-up along the border with Ukraine entered a dangerous and unexpected new phase in both Vienna and Washington on Thursday.

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Running news: Russian diplomats said this week’s round of security talks from Geneva and Brussels to Vienna resulted in a “dead end” and that President Vladimir Putin would return to Moscow to brief on the situation “very disappointing” before making the decision. It’s time. way ahead.

  • “It seems that the risk of war in the OSCE region is now greater than ever in the past 30 years,” Zbigniew Rau, the Polish president of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, said at the beginning of Thursday’s meeting in Vienna.
  • Michael Carpenter, the US ambassador to the OSCE, told reporters: “We are facing a crisis in European security. The drums of war are louder and the rhetoric intensifies.”

in the White HouseNational Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters that the intelligence community has information that Russia is “preparing the ground” for possible excuses to invade Ukraine, such as fabricating provocations by Ukrainian forces.

  • Sullivan said the administration would share more information with the press over the next 24 hours.
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on Capitol HillTed Cruz (R-Texas) has defeated a bill to approve the Putin-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline. This was followed by an aggressive lobbying campaign by the Biden administration.

  • Senate will now take a Democratic Sponsored Package If the Biden administration determines that Russia has crossed a border on Ukraine, it will launch a cascade of crushing sanctions — including those of Putin himself.
  • Republicans will insist on the vote their own package, which would clear Nord Stream 2 and provide security support to Ukrainians – rather than after an invasion.

Between the lines: The fight over sanctions ahead is a fundamental foreign-policy question – are it sanctions that deter bad actors, or Threat of restrictions?

  • “As Ukrainians and many of us have been saying, if we want to signal resistance, we have to act now, not sit on our hands,” a senior Republican aide told Nerdshala.
  • Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Con) told reporters that the US would have to “make clear to Vladimir Putin that relations between the United States and Russia would be fundamentally different” if Russia invades Ukraine.
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What are they saying: “A conventional invasion of Ukraine shatters post-World War II norms,” ​​Murphy said. “This should be regarded as a serious, significant, world-disrupting violation of international norms.”

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