US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will go to Kyiv on Tuesday and then to Berlin to discuss tensions with Russia. His ministry fears a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Blinken has scheduled a meeting in Berlin on Thursday about Ukraine, together with Germany, France, Great Britain and Ukraine.
On Tuesday, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock held talks with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow. Russia denies aggressive intentions and argues that a large force on the western borders has nothing to do with invasion plans.
The Kremlin believes that it is precisely the NATO countries that endanger the security of eastern Europe with their meddling and arms deliveries. Earlier this week, London sent soldiers to Ukraine. Russia wants western countries to promise that Ukraine will never join NATO. Lavrov told Baerbock on Tuesday that Russia is setting security requirements and is awaiting a response from the US to what Russia has proposed. The two powers held security talks in Geneva earlier this month and may continue negotiations.
The protracted conflicts in and about Ukraine stem from the ouster of an elected pro-Russian president of Ukraine in 2014. The West sees this as the result of a popular uprising; the Kremlin sees it as the result of a coup d’état mainly encouraged by the US. which would have been carefully prepared in Washington.
Biden visited Ukraine six times during Barack Obama’s presidency (2009-2017) as Vice President. Shortly after the change of power in Kyiv in early 2014, Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula. Moscow has since supported pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine. There has actually been a civil war there since 2014.