United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken says on Saturday that diplomacy path stayed open to break a deadlock with Moscow over Ukraine, but said that risk of Russian military the stock was high enough to warrant withdrawal of the personnel from the United States Embassy out of Kiev.
Blinken was speaking after the talks on Saturday with Japanese and South Korean counterparts, following Washington’s decision warning that the Russian militarywhich has more more than 100,000 troops massed near Ukraine, could invade at any time.
Moscow, which has repeatedly denied it plans to invade and said it was responding to aggression from NATO allies, called the warnings “hysteria”.
“Diplomacy path remains open. the way for Moscow to show that he wants to continue this path Is simple. This should defuse, rather than escalate,” Blinken said after his meetings. in the american archipelago in the pacific of Hawaii.
In an hour call on On Saturday, US President Joe Biden told Russian Vladimir Putin that the West would respond decisively to any invasion of Ukraine, adding such a step would produce widespread suffering and isolate Moscow.
No more side said there had been breakthroughs. A senior Biden Administration official say it call was professional and substantial, but that there was no fundamental change.
The Kremlin said Putin told Biden that Washington had failed take Russia main concerns and had received no “substantial response” on key elements of its security requirements.
Washington commanded the most of son personnel embassy on Saturday to leave Ukraine immediately due to the menace of a invasion.
“We ordered the departure of more of Americans still at the US Embassy in Kiev. the risk of Russian military the action is high enough and the menace is imminent enough that it’s the safest thing to do,” Blinken said. in Honolulu.
Many of Washington’s European allies and others countries have also been scaled back or evacuate personnel of their Kiev missions and urged citizens to leave or avoid trip to Ukraine.
United States Staff of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) began to leave in car rebels city of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine on Sunday, a Reuters witness said.
The OSCE conducts operations in Ukraine, including civilian oversight mission in Self-declared breakaway republics backed by Russia in the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, where a war broke out in 2014 killed more over 14,000 people.
Australia said on Sunday he evacuated son embassy in Kiev and Prime Minister Scott Morrison called on China not to remain “terribly silent” on crisis.
President Xi Jinping hosted Poutine on opening day of the Winter Olympics this month and the two have declared a “limitless” partnership, supporting each other over dead ends on Ukraine and Taiwan with a promise of collaboration more against the west.
Putin is seeking security guarantees from the US and NATO, including blocking Ukraine’s entry into NATO; refrain from missile deployments near Russian borders; and scaling back of NATO military Infrastructure in Europe at 1997 levels.
Washington considers a lot of the proposals as non-starters but pushed the Kremlin to discuss them together with Washington and its European allies.
The White House said Biden needed to compare notes with French President Emmanuel Macron, who spoke with Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on On Saturday.
After Macron call with Putin, a French presidency official said there was no indication that Putin told Macron that Russia is preparing a offensive against Ukraine.
“We are nevertheless extremely vigilant and attentive to the Russians (military) stance in order at avoid the worst”, the French official noted.
Amid Western diplomatic efforts, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace warned against put too much hope in talks.
“It may be that he (Putin) just switches off its tanks and we all go home but there is a smell of Munich in the air from some in the West,” Wallace told the Sunday Times. of London, referring to a 1938 pact that gave the land to Adolf Hitler in the former Czechoslovakia in the frame of a failed attempt to persuade him to give up territorial expansion.
“What is worrying is that, despite the enormous amount of increased diplomacy, that military the buildup continued,” he said. added.