Ukraine: Putin 'considering other scenario' for invasion
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Russia launching an invasion of Ukraine remains a “very credible threat”, Liz Truss has warned. Following US intelligence into Vladimir Putin’s plans, historian Anne Applebaum explained his Soviet power plays would lead to a lot of destruction. Speaking to DW News, Ms Applebaum said: “We know the Russian playbooks because they’re the Soviet playbooks and we’ve seen them before; invade a country, put in a puppet government.
“They did that in 1945 in East Germany, Poland, and Hungary in those years.
“More recently we’ve seen him go into Georgia.
“He didn’t capture the capital but he went in, destroyed all the military installations, took some land, and left.
“That’s another scenario that he might be considering.
“We know what he does, We’ve seen this many times and he hasn’t been all that subtle in denying that he would do it again.
“One of the reasons that particularly American leaders are worried is because they know what he does.
“They have intelligence that says he’s at least considering trying it again and in the past, those kinds of invasions have left many people dead and created a lot of destruction.”
It comes as the EU will not impose sanctions on Russia just yet, the bloc’s foreign policy chief said on Monday, rebuffing a call from Kiev to take such steps now to avert a war, rather than wait until after any possible Russian invasion.
Russian tanks appear to pass by Belgorod Reservoir
Western countries fear a buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine in recent weeks is a prelude to an invasion, which Moscow denies. The United States and European allies have said any attack would trigger “massive” sanctions against Moscow.
“We expect decisions,” Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said after arriving in Brussels to address a regularly scheduled meeting of EU foreign ministers.
“There are plenty of decisions the European Union can make now to send clear messages to Russia that its escalation will not be tolerated and Ukraine will not be left on its own.”
“We believe that there are good and legitimate reasons to impose at least some of the sanctions now to demonstrate that the European Union is not only talking the talk about sanctions, but is also walking the walk.”
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But the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, as well as some of the assembled foreign ministers, made clear the bloc did not plan to impose sanctions yet. Borrell said he would convene an extraordinary EU meeting to agree sanctions “when the moment comes”.
For now, the EU supports the latest attempts to arrange further talks, Borrell said, after France said U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin had agreed in principle to a summit over Ukraine.
“Summit meetings, at the level of leaders, at the level of ministers, whatever format, whatever way of talking and sitting at the table and trying to avoid a war, are badly needed,” said Borrell.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said the bloc should focus on facilitating more talks with Moscow.
“I think the way to prevent war is to talk and to find compromise and ways forward that can prevent invasion in the first place, which should be our priority now,” he said.
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