Ukraine, NYT: US warning to allies for Putin’s possible military blitz

US and British intelligence are increasingly convinced that Vladimir Putin is considering military action to take control of a larger slice of Ukraine or to destabilize the country by propitiating a more pro-Moscow government. The New York Times writes, according to which the 007 Americans are admonishing the allies that there is a narrow time window to prevent such an action, pushing European countries to work with the US to develop a package of economic sanctions and military measures to curb the Kremlin.

007 are monitoring the situation

US intelligence, according to American and European NYT sources, told allies that Putin is increasingly frustrated by the peace process agreed with France and Germany after the annexation of Crimea and support for the separatist uprising in the Donbass. And that Putin, who continues to amass troops on the border with the neighboring country, may be willing to secure a land route between eastern Ukraine and Crimea. American analysts believe the Kremlin leader sees the coming months as a unique time to act, taking advantage of Angela Merkel’s exit and rising energy prices, which could limit Europe’s support – largely dependent on Russian supplies – to harsh penalties.

Moscow: we will not ignore EU and NATO provocations on Ukraine

Yesterday, Russian Foreign Minister Serghei Lavrov said that Moscow will not “close its eyes” to the most serious provocations by NATO and the EU, including their attempts to “play” with the militarists in Ukraine. “We are open to dialogue with our Western colleagues. Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about it in great detail at an enlarged meeting of the Foreign Ministry Council. We will not close our eyes to the gross provocations we see on a daily basis by NATO members and more often than the European Union, even in their attempts to play the game of the warmongers in Ukraine, orchestrate some sort of military training missions for the Ukrainians, prepare the Ukrainian army precisely for the actions that constantly threaten us, claiming that they will take the Donbass by force, without wanting to respect the Minsk agreements, and invade Crimea, which is now part of Russia “, said the minister. During the day, the White House made it known that it was concerned about Russian military activities on the border with Ukraine and asked Moscow to ease tensions with Kiev: spokeswoman Jen Psaki said so.