Putin cancels invasion of Ukraine due to mild winter, tanks would sink into the mud

Deputy US Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg and Russian Deputy Foreign Ministers Alexander Grushko and Defense Minister Alexander Fomin during the NATO-Russia Council at the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels PHOTO: Reuters

The loudly announced NATO-Russia Council ended with uncertain hope for new meetings

The mild winter has canceled Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Daily Mail reported. According to US officials, fears that the tanks will sink into the mud have forced Russian President Vladimir Putin to postpone the invasion of Kiev.

About 100,000 Russian troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers have been stationed on the border between the two countries for several weeks. The soil there is usually frozen in winter, which is favorable for the movement of heavy vehicles. This year, however, a period of high temperatures melted the ice and created a muddy swamp.

Unusually mild weather conditions have prompted the Kremlin to reconsider its military capabilities, according to meteorologists advising US President Joe Biden. The team has been monitoring temperatures and meteorological patterns since the beginning of the Russian military rally in November. Since then, the pace of Russian military operations has been

January invasion

in Ukraine

But that scenario is now considered significantly less likely, officials told the New York Times. In an attempt to circumvent the problems caused by the weather, Russia has deployed more helicopters in the region so that troops can be sent into battle faster.

The statement by US meteorologists came as diplomats from all affected countries continued to seek a peaceful solution to the dispute. The Kremlin wants the withdrawal of Western troops from Ukraine, the Baltic states and other territories belonging to the USSR. He also wants assurances that Ukraine will not be allowed to join NATO. The United States has repeatedly rejected these demands, although the alliance has expressed readiness to reduce military exercises in countries bordering Russia.

The long-awaited talks between US and Russian officials, held in Geneva on Monday, failed to break through. They continued on Wednesday with the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels.

The West has questioned why Moscow conducted exercises in Ukraine on Tuesday, on the day between the two series of talks. At the same time, a response came from Moscow – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov assured that

teachings with mercury

shooting were not

linked to

negotiations with NATO

“We are not negotiating from a position of strength; there is no and cannot be room for ultimatums, “Peskov stressed as negotiations began in Brussels.

NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg received Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko and Deputy Defense Minister Colonel-General Alexander Fomin. No such meeting has been held since 2019. The Alliance has insisted that many of Russia’s demands set out in two draft treaties in December are unacceptable, including calls to reduce the alliance’s activities to 1997 levels and a promise not to to expand to the east.

After the talks, it was officially announced that NATO allies had “significant differences” with Russia, but were ready to meet with Kremlin officials again. “Russia has said it wants time to respond with some of our proposals, and we are ready to wait for it. Dialogue and talks are needed – including in bilateral formats and in the OSCE, “Stoltenberg said. “But a serious agreement is needed to reduce tensions over Ukraine on the part of Russia. This is the easiest way, we are ready to discuss our concerns and we have always called on Moscow to follow this path, “the Secretary General added. However, Stoltenberg warned that Russia would not have the right to veto Ukraine’s bid to join NATO.

“Ukraine, as a sovereign country, has the right to self-defense. It is not a threat to Moscow. “Russia is the aggressor,” the NATO chief insisted.

“The United States stands firmly behind the principle – nothing for you without you, including Ukraine, Europe, NATO and the OSCE,” he confirmed. US Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who is involved in the talks in both Geneva and Brussels. She stressed that everything that is happening this week is an initial meeting on a very complex topic. They will continue and she did not expect a final agreement to be reached. At the council on Wednesday

Sherman didn’t hear

nothing new,

as the talks in Geneva lasted more than 8 hours on Monday, including dinner. According to her, the Russian delegation has neither made a commitment to reduce tensions nor said it will increase them. “If Russia leaves the talks, then it has never wanted them seriously. If Ukraine invades, measures will follow, far beyond the ensuing aggression in 2014. We are ready to continue contacts. We all hope that President Putin will choose peace and security, “she added.

Grushko, a former Russian ambassador to NATO, assured that Moscow wants to avoid confrontation, and warned that further enlargement of the alliance would lead to serious risks.

NATO’s disregard for Russian de-escalation initiatives is creating preconditions for incidents and conflicts and undermining the foundations of security, the Russian Defense Ministry said. “Relations between Russia and NATO are at a critically low level. This is happening against the background of global instability, terrorist threats, the unfolding of another arms race, “said the Russian deputy. Minister of War Alexander Fomin.

Talks continue Thursday in Vienna at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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