A top spokesman for the US Department of Defense said that if President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, the United States would impose “unprecedented” sanctions and economic implications for Russia.
“I think Mr Putin is very clear about the economic implications he may have and the ways the Russian people may suffer further … invading Ukraine,” said the Pentagon. Spokesman John Kirby said. Fox News Sunday.
“Looking back to 2014, I think it’s very clear to consider sanctions and economic implications that we’ve never seen before,” he added.
Kirby also emphasized that Russia could invade Ukraine “at any time” and argued that there were several ways Putin could invade freely, either by large-scale or small-scale actions.
“Putin has many options available if he wants to invade Ukraine further, and some of those options can be implemented immediately,” Kirby said.
However, a Pentagon spokesman also emphasized that the current situation “does not need to be in conflict.”
“We still believe there is room for diplomacy and we hope it will be the solution here,” he said.
Russia refused to join the alliance of Ukraine and other former Soviet countries in December, demanding that NATO members reduce their military deployments in Central and Eastern Europe.
Washington authorities rejected these requests and instead made many proposals, claiming to be open to dialogue with Moscow on issues such as arms management, confidence-building measures, and restrictions on military exercises.
Kremlin also said he was open to dialogue with the United States, but in a call with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, Putin said Washington’s proposal was to his own concerns about Ukraine, the former Soviet Republic. Claimed that it could not be dealt with.
“The US-NATO response is Russia’s major efforts, such as stopping NATO expansion, non-deploying strike weapons systems near the Russian border, or returning the alliance’s military strength and infrastructure in Europe to where they existed in 1997. I didn’t consider my concerns, “according to Putin Cole’s Kremlin read, reportedly said.
Kremlin officials have repeatedly denied Russia wants to go to war with Ukraine.
However, as tensions between the two countries continue, U.S. authorities will impose sanctions on top Russian authorities and the country’s energy sector, including unplugging when the Nord Stream 2 pipeline between Russia and Germany is completed. I considered.
Ukrainian authorities have not yet imposed such sanctions on gas pipelines, although they are concerned that Russia may use the gas pipeline as a weapon.
Kirby emphasized on Sunday that the government has not yet imposed sanctions because “one of the things about sanctions is that once you trip it, the deterrent effect is lost.”
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned the United States to wait to impose such sanctions on Russia until the invasion was futile.
“Putin does not understand this kind of vague threat.” If “is not included in his vocabulary. There are “yes” and “no,” he told a US senator who visited Kiev earlier this month.
On Sunday, some of the top Republican and Democratic senators showed that they were approaching a bipartisan agreement on a bill to sanction Russia if Russia invaded Ukraine.
Senator Bob Menendez (DN.J.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said of CNN’s “State of the Union address,” “explain that we are on the one-yard line.”