(B2) The actions taken by the United States on Saturday are astonishing. A few days ago, the White House proclaimed Urbi et orbi its solidarity with Ukraine and its desire for de-escalation. Today, it's “Courage, Flee! A decision which rather encourages the Russians to intervene than it prevents them from doing so. Incomprehensible.
- Not content with announcing this departure, Washington also asked on Saturday (February 12) the US soldiers present in the OSCE monitoring mission to do the same, as all Americans residing in Ukraine to leave " without delay " the country.
- The American Embassy in kyiv is not a small representation. No less than 180 Americans and 560 Ukrainians work there.
Consecration of areas of influence
In political and diplomatic terms, this measure is nonsense. It is giving in to the Kremlin game. And above all, this amounts to enshrining the notion of zones of influence desired by the Russians. On the one hand, it is clear today, Ukraine obeys the Russian zone of influence; and the Americans are pulling out. On the other hand, Romania or Poland are in the Euro-Atlantic area; and the Americans are reinforcing themselves there by sending reinforcements: 3000 additional soldiers will arrive in Poland soon, in addition to the 1700 already decided. Exactly what Vladimir Putin wanted in his letter sent to NATO and the USA.
Incredible military cowardice
In military terms, this is the height of cowardice. So far, in fact, no gunshots have been fired - apart from those customary for eight years in the Donbass. No additional Russian soldiers crossed the borders of Ukraine. We are therefore just in a possible fear. There is therefore no risk of an American being affected. Conversely, the American presence should persist. If only as a sign of guarantee and solidarity with the Ukrainians. Otherwise there is no point in making big statements of solidarity.
The tradition preserved
The United States thus consecrates the tradition. Facing the Russians, on European territory, the principle is non-intervention. It was valid at the time of the cold war in 1956 in Budapest, in 1968 in Prague. It was another time, which we thought was over, that of the opposition of the blocs. This remained valid in 1992 for Transnistria, in 2008 for Georgia and South Ossetia and Abkhazia, in 2014 for Crimea and Donbass. And today in 2022. Moscow can therefore be reassured: the American tradition is preserved. Washington will not risk the skin of a single American to save the countries of the former Soviet bloc from the Russian hand.
NB: this measure has been followed by the United Kingdom. The soldiers who participate in the assistance mission (Orbital) of the Ukrainians were asked to pack their bags. While London announced 350 Royal Navy additional in Poland. More intelligently, France did not make a similar decision. Followed by several European countries.