Editorial

New twist in Ukrainian crisis

Written by The Frontier Post

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken met in Geneva to discuss Moscow’s proposal for security guarantees and the situation in Ukraine. According to reports, the American side promised to provide a written response to Russia next week, while Russia warned that it would not endlessly wait for an answer. Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov told the media that Russia had already heard the first reaction of the United States verbally about the discussion held in the format of NATO-Russia Council and Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) during recent weeks, however, Lavrov was of the view that Russian government wants written response.

The top diplomats of the two opposing nations called the talks frank and substantive. The Russian Foreign Minister noted that the American side once again used the argument about the freedom to choose alliances during the discussion on a pause to NATO expansion. According to him, Moscow pointed out the contradictory nature of such a position because the United States within the framework of the OSCE has repeatedly confirmed the inadmissibility of ensuring the security of some states at the expense of others. Lavrov said that the recent flurry of accusations against Moscow was intended to divert attention from the attempts of the Ukrainian authorities to disrupt the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbas or at least to sabotage the Minsk agreements. Lavrov urged Blinken to use his influence on the Kiev regime to force him to stop bulldozing the Minsk agreements.

Presently, the Ukrainian controversy had brought the world on the verge of global conflict, whereas Ukraine is facing the threat of another geographical bisection mainly due to foreign intervention while the cloud of global war is looming over the region. The recent telephonic conversation between President Biden and President Putin moved the parties toward diplomacy instead of armed conflict. The Russian side presented a document containing a proposal of legal security guarantees from the United States and NATO to defuse tension at the Ukrainian border. The senior diplomats and Defense officials of Russia, the United States, and NATO met in three separate formats in Geneva, Brussels, and Vienna on January 11, 12, and 13 respectively, and discussed the proposed Security guarantees. After mutual consultation and dialogues with Russian counterparts, western Diplomats turned down the Russian proposal of Security Guarantees while calling Russia for de-escalation and negotiations for the resolution of the dispute.

According to reports, the situation in Ukraine has become more complex because Russian ethnic Ukrainian separatist groups in Eastern Ukraine are demanding independence from Ukraine and the Russian government fueling the controversy is in its neighborhood. Russia also warned the US about the deployment of the Russian military in Latin America if the US does not halt its activities in Russia’s neighbourhood. On the other hand, the US and allies are preparing to impose catastrophic sanctions against Russia to tremble down the Russian economy if Putin invades Ukraine.  The Chief Diplomats of both nations agreed to maintain contacts at the Foreign Ministers level and agreed to involve both Presidents if the situation needed to ease the tension between their countries. In fact, dialogue is the only way to resolve the issues whereas hostilities complicate the problem and destroy the peace of the countries.

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