WASHINGTON – Russia must face mounting pressure and economic sanctions against Ukraine crisis on Wednesday as the United States and its allies coordinated sanctions and denounced the start of an “invasion of Ukraine.”
After the United States and other countries imposed the penalties, Australia, Canada and Japan joined in similar efforts to thwart the Kremlin’s advances, with Western officials confirming that the forces Russian forces have begun to cross the Ukrainian border. In less than a day, countries have cut off vital natural gas pipelines to Russia, limiting its access to global finance and stifling its elites.
With their condemnations, global leaders sent the same message: Russia is violating international law and Ukraine’s sovereignty.
“Australians have always stood up against bullies, and we will stand up against Russia,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia said while announcing sanctions on wednesday.
In issuing the penalties, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada called Russia’s actions “a threat to the security and stability of the region and to the international rules-based order.”
Russia’s ambassador to the US reacted defiantly to the sanctions, saying the country was used to living under restrictions from the West and that the new penalties would hurt global energy and financial markets. demand as well as the Americans.
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said: “It is hard to imagine that there is a person in Washington who would expect Russia to revise its foreign policy under the threat of restrictions. say on Facebook.
Ukraine welcomed the measures but called for even tougher restrictive measures against Russian President Putin’s government.
“Now the pressure needs to intensify to stop Putin. Hit his economy and his minions. Hit more. Hit strongly. Attack now,” Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted.
The global response began early on Tuesday, just hours after Putin recognized the self-declared breakaway states in eastern Ukraine and Russian forces began flooding their territory, according to officials. NATO, the European Union and the White House. This is the first major deployment of Russian troops across internationally recognized borders since the current crisis began.
As Russia ramps up its military preparations, President Biden has been adamant that Mr. Putin will face severe consequences for his actions, which Russian state media see as the right response to the crisis. American aggression.
“Who does Putin think in the name of God give him the right to declare a so-called new state on the territory belonging to his neighbours?” Mr. Biden said Tuesday.
He warned Putin that there would be more penalties if the Russian leader did not withdraw his forces and engage in diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis.
However, that prospect is increasingly dim, and Foreign Secretary Antony J. Blinken canceled plans to meet with Russia’s foreign minister on Thursday, saying it was okay to hold talks while Russian forces were on the move. is not “reasonable”.
“Simply put, Russia just announced that it’s chipping away at a large portion of Ukraine’s territory, and added, ‘He’s establishing a reason to take more territory by force,'” Biden said. ”
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday urged Ukrainian citizens not to travel to Russia and advised those inside Russia to “leave your territory immediately”.
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