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West cannot continue to provide olive branch to Russia

The warning by President Charles Michel of the European Council comes as Western countries say, when the final diplomatic efforts to prevent the imminent invasion of Russia into Ukraine are underway.

Western officials in Munich have warned that Russia will take enormous sanctions if it attacks Ukraine. (AFP)

The European Council warned that Western allies could not continue to provide the olive branch while Russia continued to increase tensions along the Ukrainian border.

“The big question remains. Does the Kremlin want a dialogue?” Charles Michel, President of the European Council Asked at the Munich Security Council Sunday.

“We cannot provide the olive branch forever while Russia conducts missile tests and continues to gather troops,” he added.

His statement was issued when the last diplomatic efforts were underway to prevent Russia’s imminent invasion of Ukraine and the possible catastrophic European war, what the Western nations warned of.

French President Emmanuel Macron is to call Russia’s Vladimir Putin as a war watcher, and Ukrainian commanders have reported heavy bombardment in eastern Ukraine.

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Artillery, mortar attack

Macron met Putin on February 7, and has since urged his Russian responders to withdraw from the brink of war, along with other Western leaders such as German Prime Minister Olav Schorz.

According to Macron’s office, Sunday’s call represented “the last possible necessary effort to avoid massive conflict in Ukraine.”

“All signs indicate that Russia is planning a full-scale attack on Ukraine,” NATO Prime Minister Joe Biden believes the invasion is imminent. Responding to Biden, he said.

Recently, hundreds of artillery and mortar attacks have been reported. The conflict has been going on for eight years and has claimed the lives of more than 14,000 people.

According to Western leaders, Russia has an army of more than 150,000, with missile batteries and warships gathered around Ukraine, ready to attack.

Approximately 30,000 of these troops are in Belarus, apparently practicing with the troops of Putin’s ally Alexander Lukashenko, but also near the road to the Ukrainian frontier and the capital Kiev.

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Source: TRT World and distributors

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