Putin Reacts to Potential Sanctions Against His Country

(TheDailyHorn.com) – The United States and its European allies are at odds with Russia. Reports suggest war could break out at any time if President Vladimir Putin invades Ukraine.

Over the last month, the Russian military amassed over 100,000 soldiers on the border between the two former Soviet bloc countries and continued bringing in military hardware. Russia claims it has no intention to invade but demands that NATO agree to never admit Ukraine as a member over threats to its sovereignty.

On Tuesday, January 25, the US suggested if Russia does invade Ukraine, not only would the West cripple Russia with extreme sanctions, it could sanction Putin personally as well. On Wednesday, Russia said threats against Putin are useless and only serve to inflame tensions. Furthermore, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian law prohibits government officials from purchasing foreign assets, so it would be futile to target the Russian president.

On Wednesday, the US formally rejected the Kremlin’s demand that NATO back off from allowing former Soviet bloc countries to join the Western alliance. The US ambassador to Russia personally delivered a written response informing the Russian government that it would uphold a commitment to an open-door policy to all nations interested in joining the European pact.

Will Putin, a former Soviet KGB agent, accept the US position? It’s unlikely.

NATO was formed in 1949 as a military alliance to secure peace in Europe and guard its member nation’s freedom. It was a countermeasure to aggressions by an increasingly powerful communist Soviet Union in the wake of World War II.

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