Nuland announced 18 scenarios of sanctions and about the “acute pain” waiting for Russia

Nuland: The US has prepared 18 scenarios of sanctions in the event of a “Russian invasion” of Ukraine According to the Deputy Secretary, the sanctions will be activated “very quickly” in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. At the same time, she added that Washington is ready to continue the security dialogue

Nuland announced 18 scenarios of sanctions and the

The United States has prepared 18 different scenarios for sanctions in the event of a “Russian invasion” to the territory of Ukraine. This was stated in an interview with the Financial Times by US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.

“I'm not going to preliminarily talk about 18 different scenarios. <…> I'll just say that my allies and I are ready to inflict sharp pain very quickly if Russia takes this [aggressive] step in any form, — she said.

At the same time, the Deputy Secretary of State added that from the US point of view, “the door for a diplomatic solution is still open,” and Washington continues to work on a written response to the proposed security guarantees to Russian officials. “We believe we can reduce tensions and make some progress on some of these issues through diplomacy,” emphasized Nuland.

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Since the fall of 2021, there have been reports in the Western media about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia denied all accusations. The Kremlin noted that the movement of troops across the country— it is her internal affair. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, spoke about increased NATO activity near the Russian borders.

In mid-December, the Russian Foreign Ministry sent proposals on security guarantees to the US and NATO. They contained a clause on the non-expansion of the alliance to the east, in particular on the obligation not to accept Ukraine and Georgia into the bloc. Negotiations on them with Washington and NATO took place on January 10 and 12, the next day the discussion took place at the OSCE site. The press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, following the results of the talks, said that they were unsuccessful.

On January 12, the US Senate published a draft of a new package of sanctions prepared by the Democrats against Russia's national debt, the banking sector and the leadership countries, including against President Vladimir Putin. These restrictions are also provided for in the event of an “invasion”; Russia against Ukraine.

Last December, Secretary of the Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov said that so far there were no signs that the “invasion” inevitably. On December 30, he again stated that there was no threat. “If we talk about a significant buildup [of Russian troops] that some foreign media insist on, then I will say again that we do not see this. To date, we do not see any threats to open aggression from Russia,»,— emphasized the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council.

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