The head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken assured this Sunday that he had “no doubt” about Germany’s determination in the face of Russia, at a time when the German government is drawing criticism for its refusal to deliver weapons to Russia. Ukraine.
“I can tell you that the Germans fully share our concerns and that they are resolute and determined to respond quickly, effectively and by presenting a united front,” said Antony Blinken, recalling meeting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday.
European confidence and Ukrainian criticism
“I am fully convinced, based on the many consultations I have had with our European allies and partners, that there will be an immediate, calibrated and united response” if Russia attacks Ukraine, he said. he added on CBS.
Renewed confidence in connection with the resignation of the head of the German Navy Kay-Achim Schönbach, after controversial remarks on the crisis in Ukraine. The vice-admiral, who had among other things described as inept the idea that Russia wanted to invade Ukraine, will leave his post “with immediate effect”. What Vladimir Putin wants, “is to be respected”, said this soldier according to a video circulating on the internet, filmed during a meeting of a think tank which was held Friday in New Delhi.
Antony Blinken also responded to criticism from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who recently suggested that the West impose sanctions on Russia preemptively. “The purpose of these sanctions is to prevent Russian aggression,” he told CNN.
Deter Putin at all costs
“Everything we do, including working out together with Europe massive consequences for Russia, is designed to factor into (Russian) President Vladimir Putin’s calculations and to prevent and deter him from launching aggression, even if we continue our diplomatic efforts at the same time.” Imposed now, such sanctions “would lose their deterrent effect,” he added.
In an interview at Washington Post published Thursday, Volodymyr Zelensky had protested against the fact that the Western sanctions were envisaged only in the event of aggression. “Why do you support sanctions against Russia in case there is an invasion of Ukraine? Why do you need sanctions when we will have lost all the territory of Ukraine?”.