Biden under pressure as Putin forces mass at border – may force his hand

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The President is now facing foreign policy conundrum as worries of an escalation heighten. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy spoke of the potential for an “escalation” to occur.

They said that the country is “entirely prepared for an escalation” should it occur.

Mr Zelenskiy also warned that a “coup d’etat will take place in our country”.

Iulia Joja, director and senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, and adjunct professor at Georgetown University, spoke of Russia’s military plans for the future.

She told Newsweek: “Politically not all NATO member states are ready for that and we know that Russia is instrumentalising it to draw red lines, and further increase pressure on the west not to help Ukraine.

“This also brings us into this difficult cycle of NATO membership, with Russia saying that ‘this is a red line’ and the United States having a problematic history over the last few years of red lines.”

Ms Joja continued: “It is a conundrum in which the Biden administration is in right now”.

The director said that the US may struggle with trying “to help Ukraine in real terms and make a difference on the ground, without inadvertently escalating a response from Russia”.

Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are both expected to meet virtually before the end of the year.

Ms Joja added: “The question in the relationship between Ukraine and Russia and the United States is what the United States can do more to help, certainly there is more need for military equipment.”

Reports suggest that Russia has set up checkpoints and deployed tanks between Boguchar and Kantemirovska as the tensions continue to flare.

@MarQs_ took to Twitter to provide an update on the recent ongoings from the border.

They tweeted: “#Russia has set up checkpoints between Boguchar and Kantemirovska.

“Military equipment was spotted moving in the fields nearby.

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“The district administration assured that the appearance of the armored personnel carriers was not connected with any emergency situation.”

They continued: “Press service of the border department of the FSB of the Russian Federation in the Belgorod and Voronezh regions announced this on November 22nd.

“The closure is ‘in order to create the necessary conditions for the protection of the state border’.

“Only local residents or those who have permission will be allowed in this area, which also means no access for journalists.”

John Lough, associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at London’s Chatham House, told Newsweek: “The Biden administration appears to be waking up to the fact that Ukraine is unfinished business for Russia and that it sees an opportunity to redefine the balance of power in Europe by insisting on Ukraine being part of its sphere of influence.

“Putin wants to show Kyiv that Ukraine is more important to Russia than to its western partners.

“The challenge for the U.S. is to show that Ukraine will not be on its own if the tensions increase.”

John Lough, associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at London’s Chatham House, told Newsweek: “The Biden administration appears to be waking up to the fact that Ukraine is unfinished business for Russia and that it sees an opportunity to redefine the balance of power in Europe by insisting on Ukraine being part of its sphere of influence.
“Putin wants to show Kyiv that Ukraine is more important to Russia than to its western partners.
“The challenge for the U.S. is to show that Ukraine will not be on its own if the tensions increase.”

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