Putin warns U.S. of ‘complete rupture’ in relations if U.S. imposes sanctions over Ukraine

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to reports, during a recent phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Putin warned of a “complete rupture” in relations between the U.S. and Russia if the U.S. were to impose economic sanctions on Russia for actions taken against the Ukraine.

Currently, according to the New York Times, Putin has gathered over 100,000 troops at the Ukrainian border, and “issued demands for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the United States to pull back their forces in the region.”

The recent phone call, initiated by Putin, lasted approximately 50 minutes and was held on Thursday, December 30.

According to Biden’s Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Biden advised Putin of decisive action by the United States if Russia were to continue to threaten the Ukraine.

She stated in her official press release:

“President Biden urged Russia to de-escalate tensions with Ukraine. 

“He made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine.”

Most likely, those decisive actions would be in the form of economic sanctions.  According to the New York Times, 

“The new sanctions under consideration range from cutting Russia off from the system of global financial settlements to imposing new restrictions on American and Western semiconductors, which Russia employs for its military modernization.”

According to CNN, this December 30 phone call was the second held in December 2021, with a previous phone call on December 7 resulting in a “pledge to restart diplomatic discussions — but no indication Russia was preparing to de-escalate.”

Putin and other Russian officials again appeared uninterested in de-escalation on the December 30 call.

CNN reported:

“Putin responded to potential paths Biden outlined with a dire warning, a Kremlin aide said. 

“He told Biden that introducing a new round of sanctions against Russia would amount to a ‘colossal mistake’ that could lead to a complete breakdown of relations between the two countries.”

Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov appeared to double down on this apparent threat, saying:

“A lot of such mistakes have been made over the past 30 years… and it is advisable not to make such mistakes again.”

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The New York Times also reported:
 

“President Vladimir V. Putin warned President Biden on Thursday that any economic sanctions imposed on Russia if it moves to take new military action against Ukraine could result in a ‘complete rupture’ of relations between the two nuclear superpowers, a Russian official told reporters on Thursday evening.”

In addition, the Times notes that Putin “said that Russia would ‘conduct itself as the United States would behave if offensive weapons were near the United States.’”

According to Press Secretary Psaki’s press release, Biden’s response to Putin came in the form of:

“support for diplomacy, starting early next year with the bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue, at NATO through the NATO-Russia Council, and at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.” 

Furthermore:

“President Biden reiterated that substantive progress in these dialogues can occur only in an environment of de-escalation rather than escalation.”

The call did not end with any resolution to the conflicting interests in the Ukraine.

The Times reports:

“The United States has said that despite its calls for ‘de-escalation,’ the Russians have shown no signs of leaving and have instead inflamed the situation.”

In addition, the call “ended without clarity about Mr. Putin’s intentions.”

Meanwhile, Russia appears to be continuing to aggressively ramp up its abilities to take military action against those it considers its enemies.

According to Reuters, Russia conducted a missile test last week with 10 Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missiles.  

Previously in 2018, Putin bragged about new hypersonic weapons, “saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a U.S.-built missile shield.”

The Economic Times reports:

“U.S. intelligence earlier this month determined that Russian planning was underway for a possible military offensive that could begin as soon as early 2022, but that Putin had yet to determine whether to move forward with it.”

Further discussions are planned, with Geneva talks scheduled to begin between U.S. and Russian officials, but not including Biden and Putin, for January 9 and 10, 2022.  

In addition, the Russia-NATO council will meet on January 12, and negotiations will also be held at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Vienna on January 13.

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Sitting on a powder keg: Armed conflict with Russia appears inevitable – are we facing WWIII?

Originally published December 25, 2021

MOSCOW- While the U.S. media has (for the most part) pretty much ignored the news coming out of the Russia-Ukrainian border, things appear to be much different in the former Soviet state.

According to the Daily Beast, Russian state media appears to be preparing Russian citizens for war. And we’re not talking the kind with ground troops, tanks, and fighter jets.

We are talking full-scale nuclear war.

Law Enforcement Today has filed a number of reports over the increased tensions simmering between Russia and Ukraine, and by extension NATO.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Russian president Vladimir Putin had a virtual meeting with our “leader” Joe Biden, who warned of “consequences” if Russia invaded Ukraine.

So scared of Biden was Putin that he committed an additional 10,000 troops to the Ukrainian border. He’s seen Biden’s “red line” before when he was vice president under Obama.

The Daily Beast reports that Russian state television is raising the issue of urgency around Putin’s NATO ultimatum, according to the host of Russia’s version of 60 Minutes last Tuesday:

“The level of anxiety has reached its maximum. We’re 20 days away from the expiration of the ultimatum and the stakes are rising, even though it seems they couldn’t be any higher.”

The NATO “ultimatum” is a security treaty between Russia and the United States, which demands NATO roll back military deployments in Europe, while forbidding Ukraine and other countries which formerly were states under the Soviet Union from securing membership in the multi-national organization.

Recently, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow would “raise the stakes” if Western countries didn’t take the demands seriously. Last Monday, he told Interfax that Russia needed answers “urgently, because the situation is very difficult.”

Russian media has been increasingly beating the drums of war, warning of escalation the Russian people should be expecting. For example, the Daily Beast said that last week in Sunday’s edition of News of the Week, the host explained:

“Russia…prepared and handed over to the Americans its written proposals on strategic stability, or, more simply, on the prevention of nuclear war, since we are already at a critical point, to be honest…It’s simple.

The U.S. and NATO must roll back from our borders, otherwise we will, figuratively speaking, ‘roll up’ to their borders and create symmetrical, unacceptable risks…if you put a gun to our head, we will respond in kind…The whole point is that the development of the Ukrainian territory by the [Western] bloc is not only Ukraine’s business.

This is a complete breakdown of the global balance, which poses an existential threat to Russia. In other words, for Russia it is a matter of life and death…We simply will not allow it, regardless of the cost to us, and regardless of the cost to those responsible for it.”

The host, Dmitry Kiselyov is apparently known for previously saying that Russia “is the only country that can reduce the U.S. to a pile of radioactive ash,” and apparently returned to that rhetoric to assert why the United States might be willing to accept Putin’s terms. He said:

“Never before has anyone published the texts of the proposed treaties. But never before in the 21st century has the situation been so acute, and the risks so great.

Non-standard situations require non-standard approaches. Secondly, we’re holding very strong cards in our hands. Our hypersonic weapons are guaranteed to produce a response that is so unpleasant for America to hear: being reduced to radioactive ash.”

Just this past week, Putin directed two long range bombers with nuclear capability to fly into European airspace, dispatched to patrol Belarus.

A couple of weeks back, Russia boasted it would place intermediate-range nuclear weapons on its Western border, which would put them in striking distance of central Europe, a development which would be the first time this had occurred since a 1987 treaty signed between American President Ronald Reagan and Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev.

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More ominous still, the Russian government developed a new national standard for “Urgent burial of corpses in peacetime and wartime,” introduced in the past few months.

That standard goes into effect on Feb. 1, 2022, and directs burial in mass graves to be dug by bulldozers, disposing of some 1,000 bodies in a 24-hour time period.

Under the standard, bodies would be placed “in four layers, either in bags, wooden coffins, or zinc coffins, prepared in advance…and subsequently covered with dirt.

Afterward, the mass graves would be compacted with a bulldozer, filled with “a mineral binder” and equipped with “devices for the absorption and neutralization of radioactive, hazardous chemicals, and biological agents formed during the decomposition of corpses.”

Sounds pretty ominous.

A number of journalists apparently reached out to the government agency inside Russia responsible for the development of the new standards, however no response was received.

According to a military expert, whoever prepared the standards had in mind either a global epidemic or a global war, in which not only the military but also the civilian population would suffer casualties.

“This is only possible with the use of nuclear weapons,” said the expert, Alexander Goltz.

Meanwhile a military spokesman, Viktor Baranets agreed with Goltz, adding:

“It may turn out that we will have to send troops not only to Donetsk and the Lugansk regions, but also to the greater Ukraine.

We have a flaming fuse in the Black Sea region. There are also dangers in the region of Belarus and concerns in the Kaliningrad region. {NATO] has grandiose plans for the immediate capture of the Kaliningrad region, even with the use of nuclear weapons.

And how, then, will we bury? One by one, or what?” He continued that the military was preparing “for the major crises.”

Much of what is currently underway was in fact predicted, chess legend Garry Kasparov.

In 2016, he published a book called, Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped, in which he noted that the Russian government’s creation of a “mass burial” standard would signal one of “the signposts on the way to an apocalypse.”

Russia has become increasingly arrogant with the West, in particular after the weak, cognitively impaired Joe Biden was elected president.

Putin can likely see that the United States is more interested in virtue signaling in its military than developing a fighting force that can compete with increasingly powerful Russian and Chinese militaries.

Russian propagandists have admitted as much on state television, insisting that Moscow “is now approaching the West from a position of strength,” the Daily Beast said.

In discussing Putin’s ultimatum to the United States and the West, Kiselyov said:

“This is a moment of truth in our relations with America, in which we move on to complete reciprocity…From a position of strength, we simply designate a ‘cause and effect’ relationship. That’s how it will be.”

He concluded saying:

“You, over there in the U.S., NATO, and the EU…decide for yourself: Is Russia making an offer that can be refused?”

Moreover, it isn’t just Russian propagandists who are rattling swords with the West. Last week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko was discussing Putin’s ultimatum to the U.S. and NATO with a pro-Russia propagandist. He said:

“The moment of truth has come. We have reached a red line and our proposals aim to pull us away from this red line and start normal dialogue that will put security interests at the forefront.”

He continued, describing Putin’s demand to the West as “throwing the rock into their swamp.”

He said that by refusing to play by Russia’s rules, it will lead to “a military or military technical response,” with Moscow “creating counter-threats” to the U.S. and her allies.

When asked if Russia would deploy nuclear weapons to Belarus, a Kremlin spokesman told journalists:

“It’s no secret that the deployment of various kinds of weapons near our borders, which can pose a danger to us, clearly requires adequate steps to balance the situation. Various options are available.”

Even more ominous, some Russian lawmakers are pushing to place Russia’s advanced weapons systems in Cuba, Central America and in other places “in America’s underbelly.”

That was confirmed this past week when state-TV host Olga Skabeeva said, “We’re contemplating placing our nuclear weapons in Cuba or Venezuela.”

Any move to do that would serve as a reminder of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, when then-Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was developing nuclear missile silos in Cuba, a development which almost led to World War III. Then-President John F. Kennedy issued an ultimatum, and Khrushchev backed down.

Russia has also ramped up other forms of propaganda harkening back to the old Soviet Union days, when recently the country’s national ice hockey team wore Soviet uniforms during a hockey tour tournament in Moscow last week.

This seems to serve as an indication that Putin is harkening back to the old Cold War days we thought were over some 35 years ago. It is truly a troubling development.

Skabeeva said last week that the United States would “have to sign off on the notion that their hegemony is over.”

She continued, “The declaration about a military response is being made by our Foreign Affairs Ministry…which has never happened before.

Russia is placing the United States in a no win situation; either they retreat voluntarily, or we will force them to retreat.

At the same time, Russia is not taking any obligations upon itself with respect to the preservation of Ukraine, much less of its sovereignty,” the Daily Beast concluded.  

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