Russia Ukraine Crisis: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that retaliation would follow if Britain imposed new sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis. During its meeting on Tuesday, Britain threatened to block Russian companies from raising capital in London and to expose property and company ownership if Russia invaded Ukraine, a move Moscow has denied. As of the 15th of February, the Indian Embassy in Kiev has issued a warning to Indian citizens in Ukraine. It continues to monitor developments. The Indian Embassy is aware that many Indian students are currently in Ukraine, and that their families are anxious about their wards, especially regarding flight arrangements to India. Civil aviation authorities and various airlines are discussing ways to increase the number of flights between India and Ukraine. According to sources, control rooms are being set up at the embassy and the Ministry of External Affairs to handle queries from Indian nationals in Ukraine and their families in India.
Russia Ukraine Crisis: Major Updates
- Russia announces end of military drills, troops leaving Crimea
- Belarus says ‘not a single’ Russian soldier will stay after joint drills: Foreign minister
- EU chief urges Russia to take ‘concrete’ steps towards de-escalation
- Extra flights out of Ukraine fill up ahead of feared invasion: Reuters
- UK not seen evidence of Russian withdrawal from Ukraine’s border: Defence minister
The Indian Embassy and the Ministry of External Affairs are setting up control rooms to answer questions from Indian citizens in Ukraine and their families in India: Sources
A day before it attacked the websites of Ukraine’s defense ministry, armed forces, and two state banks, the Kremlin denied responsibility for a cyberattack on Ukraine on Wednesday.
“We have heard the signs from Moscow about readiness to continue diplomatic efforts, but so far, we have not seen any de-escalation on the ground. On the contrary, it appears that Russia continues their military build-up,” Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday ahead of a meeting of Nato defence ministers.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says NATO is wrong to claim there is no evidence of Russian retreat.
as NATO Defense Ministerial is set to begin shortly. Ministers of defense from Europe will discuss the security situation on the continent amid Russia’s military buildup in and around Ukraine.
Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said on Wednesday that Russia would retaliate if Britain imposed new sanctions on Moscow over its involvement in the Ukraine crisis. Russian companies face a blockade in London and their assets would be revealed if they invade Ukraine, as Britain threatened on Tuesday. Moscow has constantly denied it has any plans to invade the Ukraine.
The Kremlin Welcomes Biden’s Readiness For Security Talks With Russia
Moscow regards US President Joe Biden’s willingness to hold talks with Russia on security issues positively and looks forward to the beginning of the negotiations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.
Peskov told reporters, “It is important for us that when discussing those rational grain, the rational aspects that Americans have noted, should be discussed in direct relation to the topics that are a priority to us. Hopefully this dialogue process will start.” ,
There is diplomacy involved in finding potential points of contact and promoting synergy between positions that at first glance seem completely opposed to each other.
“In this case, President [Vladimir] Putin also emphasizes our willingness and readiness to enter into such negotiations, and it is perhaps positive that the US President also states his readiness to initiate such serious negotiations. ”, said Peskov.
Ukraine And Belarus Are Ready For Sensitive Talks
Minsk is willing to discuss sensitive issues with Kiev, including security, according to Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Meki.
“We have always said that we are open for dialogue, we are ready to talk about all issues, especially sensitive issues, which are now attracting the attention of the whole world, I mean the tense situation related to security issues. , a situation some are trying to project as an attempt at aggression from the territory of Belarus. We have always stood for dialogue,” Mackie told a briefing.
Russia says armed forces in the country’s west will return to normalcy in 3-4 weeks. The configuration of Russia’s armed forces in the country’s west will return to normal in three to four weeks, TASS news agency quoted Russia’s ambassador to Ireland as saying on Wednesday.
Russia has increased the number of troops near Ukraine, fearing that Russia is planning to attack its neighbour. Moscow denies such plans. Russia said more of its forces around Ukraine were withdrawing on Wednesday, but NATO urged Moscow to prove it was retreating, saying more troops were on the way.