Apparently France is not convinced Russia is on the verge of invading Ukraine:
There appears to be some dissent among the ranks in NATO.
France and Germany not playing along with the “IMMINENT WAR!” narrative is one thing, but even Ukraine is now publicly saying that there is no war imminent. Via Zerohedge:
Deescalation appears to be accelerating over the Ukraine crisis given a number of rapid developments which have seen lead NATO countries break from the more bellicose and threatening tone of the United States and UK. After Germany’s neutrality toward the Russia-Ukraine crisis became apparent, Sweden is the latest to follow its lead of forbidding arms transfers to Kiev, while Croatia is out with a firm statement saying it will recall all of its troops from NATO in the event of war.
This followed on the heels of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announcing that circumstances in the region are now “under control” and that there’s “no reason to panic” according to The Associated Press.
It appears the earlier hyped messages of an ‘imminent Russian invasion’ have backfired, as Ukraine officials have now turned to castigating the media for spreading a sense of overblown panic and doom among the population. Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov went so far as to say the threat of a Russian invasion “doesn’t exist” despite there still being “risky scenarios”. Other Ukraine defense officials have echoed this as well…
This article from today at the Daily Beast is entitled “Ukraine Defense Minister: Stop the Hype About a Russian Invasion“:
As a slew of Western countries ordered evacuations of diplomats’ families from Ukraine and the United Kingdom joined the U.S. in vowing to send troops in the event of a Russian invasion, Ukraine’s own defense minister said there are “no grounds” to believe war is imminent.
Oleksiy Reznikov told reporters on Tuesday that the explanation for growing concern over a potential invasion was simple: “Panic and fear is the most clickable.”
“As of today, the Russian army has not formed a strike group that would be able to carry out an invasion,” Reznikov was quoted saying in local media after a meeting with lawmakers in Kyiv. “There are no grounds to think that an invasion will happen tomorrow from a military point of view.”
“But that doesn’t mean,” he said, “that they won’t develop—there are threats.”
“The Kremlin is trying to destabilize Ukraine with hybrid means, particularly by sowing panic,” he wrote in an op-ed published by Ukrainskaya Pravda a day earlier. “We must not give them the opportunity.”
[W]hile Western leaders have braced for worst-case scenarios, Ukraine’s leaders have largely dismissed the panic and reminded citizens that the country has already been at war for more than seven years.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy delivered just such a message in a speech last week, telling citizens to “calm down” and that it was only the “hype around” the threats from Russia that had increased, not the threats themselves. And as the Biden administration sent hearts racing with the order to evacuate diplomats’ families this week, the Ukrainian foreign ministry countered with an English-language announcement that it considered the move “premature” and “an instance of excessive caution.”
The US is even now backing down from the bellicose stance it took as recently as yesterday toward the situation in Ukraine. This is from the Zerohedge article:
This perhaps more realist sentiment is spreading, and now with a European consensus emerging that direct conflict with Russia must be avoided at all costs, the message has reached the White House, which is singing a different tune from even a day ago…
“President Joe Biden told reporters Tuesday that he does not foresee U.S. troops moving into Ukraine,” Axios writes Tuesday afternoon. Biden stressed, “There is not going to be any American forces moving into Ukraine,” which seems a reversal of the “stand by orders” he gave the day before. Here’s further details on the administration’s backing off the prior confrontational tone, as it’s looking more and more like diplomacy is winning out…
He added that the decision to put troops on high alert is “not provocative” but intended to reassure the U.S.’ allies.
“We have no intention of putting American forces, or NATO forces, in Ukraine. But as I said, there will be serious economic consequences if he moves,” he added, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Asked if he could see himself personally sanctioning Putin in the case of an invasion, Biden replied, “Yes…I would see that.”
State Department spokesman Ned Price still thought it necessary to go and act tough for the cameras – “no concessions” he warned… even as allies like France are vowing they’ll always be willing to sit down and dialogue and negotiate with Russia. “We will never give up dialogue with Moscow,” French President Macron said Tuesday.
So what was behind the panic of the last two weeks, then?
Why would the US government be telling people Russia could invade Ukraine at any moment when in fact that’s not true?
To me it’s a simple explanation: after a year of non-stop failures by the Brandon Administration, they want a win. Need a win.
How do they get a win? When the invasion doesn’t happen, they take credit for “preventing it.” They claim their “deterrence” worked and that Russia backed down.
It makes Brandon look like the big tough guy he’s always trying to be.
“Look at how tough Brandon is! He stared down Vladimir Putin and won! Putin was going to invade until Brandon stepped in!”
Will anybody believe it? Probably not. Most rational Americans understand that a doddering old fuck like Brandon is completely and utterly incapable of outmaneuvering Vladimir Putin.
Doesn’t mean these clowns won’t still try to pull on over on people. They really have no other options right now.
So expect the narrative that “Biden saved us all from World War III!” to emerge from this whole Russia-Ukraine ordeal.