american secretary of State Antony Blinken says on On Tuesday, he had canceled a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has planned for Thursday after the recognition of Moscow of two breakaway regions in Ukraine as independent entities.
Blinken sent a letter to Lavrov on Tuesday, informing him that he would not meet again, Blinken told reporters after a meeting with Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian Foreign Minister in Washington.
The United States and its allies will continue to escalate sanctions if Russia escalates further son aggression against Ukraine, he said.
On Monday, Putin ordered a ‘peacekeeping operation’ in The Ukrainian regions of Lugansk and Donetsk after recognizing the independence of the separatist regions, opening the way to provide them more military support – a direct challenge to the West which will fuel fears that Russia may imminently invade Ukraine.
The neat staging move announced in the Kremlin could lead for new punishments on Russia and the flies in the face of European efforts for a diplomatic solution to the escalating crisis, which has brought East-West relations to a new weak and threatened trade. Great Britain prime minister called it a “violation of international law.”
He came in the middle of a spike in skirmishes in eastern regions that Western powers believe Russia could use as a pretext for a attack on Western-looking democracy that defied Moscow’s attempts to snatch it back in son orbit.
In a far-reaching pre-recorded speech, Putin justified son decision blame NATO for the current crisis and calling the US-led alliance a menace existential for Russia. Swipe through more one century of history, he painted today’s Ukraine as a modern construction inextricably linked to Russia. He accused Ukraine of inheriting historical lands from Russia and the West used the Soviet collapse to contain Russia.