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The diplomatic marathon of negotiations on security guarantees in Europe is in full swing. Meanwhile, the situation in eastern Ukraine is escalating with each passing day.
January 12 marked the first in two years meeting of the Russia-NATO Council. The strategic negotiations are de facto the resumption of severed relations between the Russian Federation and the North Atlantic Alliance.
The Russian delegation is headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko, who previously worked as Russia’s permanent representative to NATO for five years, and Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin. The delegation of the Alliance includes permanent representatives of NATO member states, Secretary General of the organization Jens Stoltenberg and First Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.
Two days ago, Wendy Sherman headed the American delegation at the talks with Moscow in Geneva. The negotiations as expected did not lead to any breakthrough results.
Amid the ongoing negotiations, Americans are already looking for ways out.
On January 10, House Republicans introduced Ukraine-related legislation that complicates the Biden administration’s negotiating strategy in the midst of sensitive talks with Russia over Ukraine.
The Guaranteeing Ukrainian Autonomy by Reinforcing its Defense Act, or GUARD is aimed to compel Biden to reimpose sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline within 15 days; it mandates that $200 million in defense aid to Ukraine go to air-defense capabilities and maritime vessels; and it requires the U.S. to determine whether Russia is a state sponsor of terrorism.
In addition, GUARD supposes allocation of $155 million to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in 2022 to fight against the famous Russian propaganda in the post-Soviet states.
According to Politico, the bill has 10 co-sponsors, including the top Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs, Armed Services and Intelligence committees.
In fact, if signed, such a bill would have no significant impact, as Washington is already supplying weapons to Kiev, imposing sanctions aimed to stop the Nord Stream 2 and actively supports the puppet media loyal to Washington.
CNN has recently reported, citing sources in the US administration, that at the end of December, Biden secretly approved the allocation of an additional $ 200 million worth of military assistance to Ukraine. Despite the fact that the US defense budget for the 2022 fiscal year has already provided $ 300 million to support Ukraine. Since 2014, Washington has allocated $2.5 billion for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Washington is actively pushing Kiev to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine by force. The Kiev regime obeys.
After a decrease in combat activity on the frontlines in Donbass, the situation has escalated in recent days and new casualties have already been reported.
Over the past day, at least six villages have been shelled in the Donetsk People’s Republic, 4 others in the Luhansk People’s Republic.
On January 12, the Ukrainian Armed Forces reported the death of a soldier by return fire in the LPR. The day before, two Ukrainian army soldiers were blown up by mines, according to a UAF report.
Escalation in Eastern Ukraine always accompanies any diplomatic processes between Russia and the West, while the Kiev regime is trying to remind of itself.