Diplomacy Off the Table as Russia Pushes Farther Into Ukraine

Diplomacy Off the Table as Russia Pushes Farther Into Ukraine

(RightWing.org) – As we recently reported, things heated up in Ukraine on Monday, February 21, after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized two Ukrainian breakaway territories and sent troops there as part of a so-called “peacekeeping mission.” The following day, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced he canceled his Thursday meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The White House recently joined the chorus and confirmed President Joe Biden would not meet with Putin either. Then, on Wednesday, Putin authorized a so-called “special military operation” into Ukrainian-held territory.

The subject of a possible summit between presidents Biden and Putin arose during the Wednesday White House press briefing. CBS News correspondent Weijia Jiang asked press secretary Jen Psaki if the meeting was now “out of the question” in light of Sec. Blinken’s announcement.

Psaki responded, saying the White House would never “completely close the door to diplomacy… [but] at this point, [a summit] is certainly not in the plans.” She also said a future meeting between Blinken and his Russian counterpart wasn’t out of the question either.

Tensions remain high between the United States and Russia. On Monday, Biden signed an executive order barring US-based companies and individuals from doing business with the disputed Ukrainian territories. He followed up the next day by announcing economic sanctions on Russia and Nord Stream 2 AG and its corporate officers.

Do you think Biden is doing enough to resolve the Ukraine crisis?

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