Washington announces its readiness for Russia's diplomacy or aggression, and Kiev calls for calm

واشنطن تعلن استعدادها لدبلوماسية روسيا أو عدوانها وكييف تدعو للتحلي بالهدوء قال وزير الخارجية الأمريكي أنتوني بلينكن إن واشنطن مستعدة للدبلوماسية أو "العدوان" من جانب موسكو في الأزمة الأوكرانية، فيما حضّت كييف مواطنيها على التحلي بالهدوء وعدم الاستسلام للهلع في وجه التهديد الروسي.  قال وزير الخارجية الأمريكي أنتوني بلينكن إنه سيتحدث مع نظيره الروسي سيرجي لافروف اليوم السبت، مضيفاً أن واشنطن مستعدة للدبلوماسية أو "العدوان" من جانب موسكو في الأزمة الأوكرانية.  وسيتحدث الرئيس الأمريكي جو بايدن ونظيره الروسي فلاديمير بوتين اليوم السبت، بينما تحذّر بلدان الغرب من اندلاع حرب في أوكرانيا في أي لحظة.  وصرّح بلينكن للصحفيين في فيجي بأنه إذا كان بوتين حريصاً فعلاً على حلّ الأزمة المتصاعدة دبلوماسياً فإن واشنطن مستعدة لأداء دورها، لكنها ستفرض عقوبات اقتصادية سريعة إذا غزت موسكو أوكرانيا.  وأضاف خلال مؤتمر صحفي بعد اجتماع مع زعماء دول المحيط الهادي: "لا أزال أتعشّم ألا يختار مسار تجدد العدوان وأن يختار مسار الدبلوماسية والحوار".  وتابع: "لكن إذا لم يفعل فنحن مستعدون".  وقال بلينكن: "إذا قرر الرئيس بوتين تنفيذ عمل عسكري فسوف نسارع بفرض عقوبات اقتصادية صارمة بالتنسيق مع الحلفاء والشركاء في أنحاء العالم، سنعزز قدرة أوكرانيا على الدفاع عن نفسها وسندعم حلفاءنا على الجانب الشرقي لحلف شمال الأطلسي".  وأشار إلى أنه سيسأل لافروف عن الرد الروسي على الاقتراحات الأمريكية لحل الأزمة.   إلى ذلك حضّت أوكرانيا السبت مواطنيها على التحلي بالهدوء وعدم الاستسلام للهلع في وجه المخاوف المتزايدة من أن تكون روسيا تستعد لغزو جارتها.  ويأتي هذا النداء غداة دعوة الولايات المتحدة وعدد من الدول الأوروبية مواطنيها لمغادرة أوكرانيا فوراً بسبب تزايد التهديد بحصول هجوم روسي كبير يستهدف الجمهورية السوفيتية السابقة.  وقالت وزارة الخارجية الأوكرانية في بيان: "في هذه المرحلة من المهم للغاية التحلّي بالهدوء وتعزيز البلاد داخلياً وتجنّب التصرفات التي تزعزع استقرار الوضع وتزرع الذعر".  والجمعة زادت واشنطن المخاوف من أن روسيا يمكن أن تشنّ هجوماً "في أي يوم اعتباراً من الآن".  وتكّهنت بعض وسائل الإعلام أن يبدأ التوغل بعد وقت قصير من إنهاء المستشار الألماني أولاف شولتس محادثاته مع الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين في موسكو الثلاثاء.  منذ اندلاع الأزمة تسعى كييف لتخفيف حدة التحذيرات الصادرة عن واشنطن.  وتخشى الحكومة الأوكرانية من أن تضعف التصريحات الأمريكية معنويات الرأي العام وتضرّ بالاقتصاد المتعثر، من خلال شل الأنشطة التجارية.  وقالت وزارة الخارجية إن "القوات المسلحة الأوكرانية تراقب الوضع باستمرار وهي مستعدة للتصدي لأي تعدٍّ على وحدة أراضيها وسيادتها".  وأضافت: "الدبلوماسيون الأوكرانيون على اتصال دائم مع جميع الشركاء الرئيسيين، ويتلقون بسرعة المعلومات اللازمة لإعداد رد في الوقت المناسب".     Washington announces its readiness for Russia's diplomacy or aggression, and Kiev calls for calm  US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Washington was ready for diplomacy or "aggression" by Moscow in the Ukraine crisis, while Kiev urged its citizens to remain calm and not panic in the face of the Russian threat.  US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said he would speak with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Saturday, adding that Washington was ready for diplomacy or "aggression" by Moscow in the Ukraine crisis.  US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will speak on Saturday, as Western countries warn of a war in Ukraine at any moment.  Blinken told reporters in Fiji that if Putin was really keen on resolving the escalating crisis diplomatically, Washington was ready to play its part, but would impose quick economic sanctions if Moscow invaded Ukraine.  "I still hope that he will not choose the path of renewed aggression and that he will choose the path of diplomacy and dialogue," he added during a press conference after a meeting with leaders of Pacific countries.  "But if he doesn't, we are ready," he added. "If President Putin decides to carry out military action, we will promptly impose tough economic sanctions in coordination with allies and partners around the world, we will strengthen Ukraine's ability to defend itself and we will support our allies on the eastern side of NATO," Blinken said.  He indicated that he would ask Lavrov about the Russian response to the American proposals to solve the crisis.  On Saturday, Ukraine urged its citizens to remain calm and not panic in the face of growing fears that Russia is preparing to invade its neighbour.  This call comes a day after the United States and a number of European countries called on their citizens to leave Ukraine immediately due to the increasing threat of a major Russian attack targeting the former Soviet republic.  "At this stage, it is extremely important to remain calm, strengthen the country internally and avoid actions that destabilize the situation and sow panic," the Ukrainian foreign ministry said in a statement.  On Friday, Washington raised concerns that Russia could launch an attack "any day from now".  Some media speculated that the incursion would begin shortly after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz ended his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday.  Since the outbreak of the crisis, Kiev has been seeking to soften the warnings issued by Washington. The Ukrainian government fears that the US statements will dampen public morale and harm the faltering economy, by paralyzing business activities.  "The Ukrainian armed forces are constantly monitoring the situation and are ready to confront any encroachment on its territorial integrity and sovereignty," the foreign ministry said.  "Ukrainian diplomats are in constant contact with all major partners and quickly receive the information necessary to prepare a timely response," she added.

Washington announces its readiness for Russia's diplomacy or aggression, and Kiev calls for calm


US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Washington was ready for diplomacy or "aggression" by Moscow in the Ukraine crisis, while Kiev urged its citizens to remain calm and not panic in the face of the Russian threat.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said he would speak with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Saturday, adding that Washington was ready for diplomacy or "aggression" by Moscow in the Ukraine crisis.

US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will speak on Saturday, as Western countries warn of a war in Ukraine at any moment.

Blinken told reporters in Fiji that if Putin was really keen on resolving the escalating crisis diplomatically, Washington was ready to play its part, but would impose quick economic sanctions if Moscow invaded Ukraine.

"I still hope that he will not choose the path of renewed aggression and that he will choose the path of diplomacy and dialogue," he added during a press conference after a meeting with leaders of Pacific countries.

"But if he doesn't, we are ready," he added.
"If President Putin decides to carry out military action, we will promptly impose tough economic sanctions in coordination with allies and partners around the world, we will strengthen Ukraine's ability to defend itself and we will support our allies on the eastern side of NATO," Blinken said.

He indicated that he would ask Lavrov about the Russian response to the American proposals to solve the crisis.

On Saturday, Ukraine urged its citizens to remain calm and not panic in the face of growing fears that Russia is preparing to invade its neighbour.

This call comes a day after the United States and a number of European countries called on their citizens to leave Ukraine immediately due to the increasing threat of a major Russian attack targeting the former Soviet republic.

"At this stage, it is extremely important to remain calm, strengthen the country internally and avoid actions that destabilize the situation and sow panic," the Ukrainian foreign ministry said in a statement.

On Friday, Washington raised concerns that Russia could launch an attack "any day from now".

Some media speculated that the incursion would begin shortly after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz ended his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday.

Since the outbreak of the crisis, Kiev has been seeking to soften the warnings issued by Washington.
The Ukrainian government fears that the US statements will dampen public morale and harm the faltering economy, by paralyzing business activities.

"The Ukrainian armed forces are constantly monitoring the situation and are ready to confront any encroachment on its territorial integrity and sovereignty," the foreign ministry said.

"Ukrainian diplomats are in constant contact with all major partners and quickly receive the information necessary to prepare a timely response," she added.
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