Russia warns Biden Ukraine sanctions would be 'colossal mistake with grave consequences'

Russia’s foreign policy advisor Yuri Ushakov warns of further US sanctions over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine “would be a colossal mistake with grave consequences”

Putin said in a phone call on Thursday that sanctions could destroy relations (

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US President Joe Biden has warned Vladimir Putin of new sanctions if Russia launches further attacks on Ukraine.

It came amid new allegations that Moscow is building troops near Ukraine, including two large formations of elite paratroopers.

Putin said in a phone call on Thursday that sanctions could destroy relations between nations.

Russia’s foreign policy advisor Yuri Ushakov said further US sanctions were “a colossal mistake with grave consequences”.

Ushakov said Putin told Mr Biden that Russia would behave like the US if offensive weapons were stationed near America.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Mr Biden had “urged Russia to de-escalate tensions with Ukraine” and “made it clear that the United States and its allies and partners will react decisively if Russia moves further into Ukraine.” occurs “.

US President Joe Biden wants Russia to ease tensions


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Mr Putin requested the call ahead of the scheduled talks between senior US-Russia officials on January 9-10 in Geneva.

Russia demands that Ukraine should never join NATO and that the military equipment of the alliance is not placed in former Soviet states – demands that the US rejects.

It stems from concerns that Moscow has advanced more than 100,000 soldiers towards the Ukrainian border – a number that could climb to 175,000 in the coming weeks.

Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces take part in a military exercise near Kiev on Christmas Day


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Earlier claims that Moscow had withdrawn 10,000 soldiers were “doubtful,” a source said, “These could be engineers who helped build the bases.”

Moscow commanders have set up two new paratrooper regiments – one in Russian-occupied Crimea and the other in Pskov, western Russia.

Experts assume that the rearmament in Crimea could signal the region, which was still recognized as Ukrainian and annexed in 2014, as the starting point for an invasion.

Russia claimed Friday that Joe Biden had given in to Vladimir Putin’s demands after yesterday’s telephone summit.

The Kremlin turned talks to suggest that the US leader “consent” to the Russian president’s insistence that Moscow demand “security guarantees” and launch a pre-emptive strike against Ukrainian forces in border areas without renewed land grabbing.

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