Ukraine (news now) – 12/02/2022. 00:40
European and Western action towards Russia’s escalation against Ukraine
- Britain asks its citizens to leave Ukraine immediately, fearing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
- Von der Leyen: European sanctions against Russia will target the financial and energy sectors
The pace of events related to the Ukrainian crisis has accelerated in the past few hours
And there are indications that Russian forces will enter Ukrainian territory at any moment.
For his part, Jake Jeremiah Sullivan, the US National Security Adviser, said in a press statement that Russian forces may intervene militarily in Russia at any moment.
saying: Russia It will start its attack on Ukraine from the air before it begins the ground invasion, according to military intelligence
He added: We do not rule out Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during the Beijing Winter Olympics, which is currently being held in the Chinese capital
Sullivan demanded that the Americans leave Ukraine within the next 24 hours
As for Britain, it demanded its citizens to leave Ukraine immediately for security reasons, in the midst of the crisis between Russia and the West.
A British Foreign Office spokesman said: “The safety and security of our British citizens is our absolute priority, so we have updated our advice to travelers. We urge British nationals in Ukraine to leave immediately via commercial means as long as they are still available.”
As reported British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Western allies during a virtual meeting on the situation in Ukraine, which is threatened by a Russian invasion, said he is “concerned for the security of Europe.”
“The prime minister told the group that he is concerned about the security of Europe in the current circumstances,” Johnson’s spokesman said at the conclusion of the meeting, which included the leaders of Britain, the United States, Italy, Poland, Romania, France, Germany, the Council of Europe, the European Commission and NATO.
while Berlin announced that Western leaders, led by US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, pledged, after phone consultations, to impose “severe sanctions” if Russia invaded Ukraine.
The German chancellor’s spokesman tweeted, “The allies are jointly determined to take swift and drastic sanctions against Russia in the event of new violations of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.”
As for the European Commission, its President Ursula von der Leyen announced during a video conference with US President Joe Biden that European Union sanctions in the event of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine would target the financial and energy sectors.
“President von der Leyen detailed what the sectoral and individual sanctions would be in the event of a new aggression by Russia against Ukraine. She reiterated that all options are on the table and that sanctions will affect the financial and energy sectors, as well as high-tech exports,” von der Leyen’s office said in a statement.
The statements of the Russian Defense Minister came to emphasize more and more the tense relations between the Russian side and Western countries when he stressed that the relations between London and Moscow are close to zero.
On Friday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu considered that relations between London and Moscow had reached their lowest level, during his meeting with his British counterpart Ben Wallace on the impact of the Western Russian crisis over Ukraine.
“Unfortunately, our level of cooperation is close to zero and will soon fall below this level and turn negative, which is undesirable,” Shoigu was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.