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Wednesday, December 01, 2021

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin could quickly order an invasion of Ukraine if he had a pretext for doing so but that NATO allies stand ready to inflict heavy sanctions on Russia's economy if that happens.

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...Tensions over a Russian troop buildup along the border of Ukraine have been a focus of Blinken's weeklong Europe trip and topped the agenda of his meeting Wednesday with NATO counterparts in Latvia. The Ukrainian government is seeking to align with NATO and the West.

"We don't know whether President Putin has made the decision to invade. We do know that his is putting in place the capacity to do so on short order should he so decide," Blinken told reporters in Riga, Latvia's capital. "We must prepare for all contingencies."

"We're also urging Ukraine to continue to exercise restraint because, again, the Russian playbook is to claim provocation for something that they were planning to do all along," he said.

Blinken said the U.S. has "made it clear to the Kremlin that we will respond resolutely, including with a range of high-impact economic measures that we've refrained from using in the past." He gave no details on what kind of "high-impact" sanctions were under consideration if Russia did invade Ukraine....


My view is that I doubt if sanctions will stop Pres Putin from doing what he wants to do. Sanctions may make it difficult, even very difficult, for Russia to function in the short term, but that is probably viewed by Pres Putin as a hurdle that can be cleared to reap the long term annexation of Ukraine.


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-12-01 01:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Research Holodomor.

On 1932-34 the Soviet government committed genocide against the Ukrainians killing millions by starvation.

#2 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2021-12-01 03:06 PM | Reply

32-33

#3 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2021-12-01 03:07 PM | Reply

Pres Putin is waiting for Ukraine to do something, anything, that could be viewed as aggressive towards Russia, giving him a reason to annex Ukraine.

That puts Pres Zelensky is an unenviable position.

How do you oppose a takeover of your country when any minor resistance against aggression is viewed as a reason to annex?

Meanwhile, NATO is sitting by, threatening weak sanctions.

This will not end well.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-12-01 10:57 PM | Reply

Armageddon - Silver Tightrope
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#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-12-01 11:21 PM | Reply

Occupying Ukraine will requiring Russians to pay for it . they won the y won hi on't like that: Putin is asking for trouble.

#6 | Posted by Danni at 2021-12-02 07:12 AM | Reply

They will take it back. We aren't in a position to do much about it. Europe won't help either. It sucks but we have too much to worry about here.

#7 | Posted by byrdman at 2021-12-02 09:47 AM | Reply

#1 | Posted by LampLighter

Consider it a test for Taiwan.

#8 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-12-02 11:54 AM | Reply

#3 | Posted by BillJohnson

I don't wish to downplay Holodomor but that number is the highest of the high anyone has ever put as a number and just isn't credible. On the low end is ~4 Million but usually I see the number at 7-10 million.

An older friend was raised by aunts who survived it and where I first heard of it years ago. They brought in Russians and moved other ethnic groups out all over Ukraine. Ukrainians hate Russians by and large because of it and then because of WWII and the torching of everything as the Red army retreated.

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-12-02 12:04 PM | Reply

#6 | Posted by Danni

Wow! I thought I was bad at getting distracted sometimes and then submitting the post... :)

BUT you are right. Russia will take Eastern Ukraine where Ukraine's most important natural resources are if anything.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-12-02 12:07 PM | Reply

My guess is Putin just moving troops to annoy the west and make Ukraine sweat.... all the pain to his economy isn't worth it...but
With China sniffing around Taiwan it could be a east vs west showdown brewing.
Let's hope not.

#11 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2021-12-02 12:09 PM | Reply

Galax,

The number is on par with the Holocaust.

Odd it's not something a lot of people know about.

I guess it's hard to make an interesting movie watching people starve for 2 hours.

Holocaust translated to the screen much better.

#12 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2021-12-02 02:06 PM | Reply

Russia is like the Klingon Empire.
They don't respond well to rhetoric,
just to the certain threat of violence
greater than they can dish out.

Pretty soon it will be 'put up or shut up time'...

don't be surprised if China coordinates a simultaneous
attack on Taiwan when this goes down.

#13 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-12-02 02:27 PM | Reply

"Odd it's not something a lot of people know about."

Less than a decade later we sent a quarter million men to their deaths to help the USSR defeat Germany, so it's not helpful for the Good vs Evil narrative to actually point out that our allies were basically just as bad as the Nazis when it comes to human rights.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-12-02 02:30 PM | Reply

Earth,

The chip shortage concerns me.

#15 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2021-12-02 04:32 PM | Reply

Snoofy,

So you're nazi sympathizer?

#16 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2021-12-02 04:35 PM | Reply

Sympathy

harmony of or agreement in feeling, as between persons or on the part of one person with respect to another.

What part of "our allies were basically just as bad as the Nazis when it comes to human rights" sounds like sympathy to you?

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-12-02 04:50 PM | Reply

Snoofy,

Yea...you're mister "harmony" and "respect".

HAHAHAHAH.

#18 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2021-12-02 06:43 PM | Reply

""We're also urging Ukraine to continue to exercise restraint because, again, the Russian playbook is to claim provocation for something that they were planning to do all along," he said."

Oh man, shots fired! This is one of my favorite quotes in a long time. If Putin sees this, we will be able to hear his seething from our borders. Man, this made me like Blinken just a little bit.

#19 | Posted by humtake at 2021-12-03 12:47 PM | Reply

Not a damned thing we can do about it, either.

#20 | Posted by morris at 2021-12-03 06:12 PM | Reply

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