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Vladimir Putin to start large-scale war if U.S. gives Ukraine weapon

President Vladimir Putin can take the provision of weapons to Ukrainian army as declaration of war, Le Figaro newspaper writes.

As the newspaper Le Figaro writes, "United States has finally begun to recognize the danger posed to Europe's future by aggressive Putin's Russia," Joinfo.ua reports. It took a lot of time to realize that President Vladimir Putin is a serious threat. Back in 2009, after the war in Georgia, Obama believed that they could cooperate with Moscow. And even after the annexation of Crimea and the beginning of the war in the Donbas, the White House continues to believe that the crisis can be resolved through sanctions and negotiations. "America underestimated the threat of Russia and considered it regional," the author writes.

Systematic sabotage of the negotiations in Minsk and tragedy in Mariupol showed the White House that a political solution to the crisis is still far away, and the Russian leader decided to "raise the stakes."

Because of this, the U.S. decided to strengthen economic sanctions and began to interact with Europe again. It was also decided to place new NATO command points in Eastern Europe.

As the author writes, the United States rely on the Ukrainian government, which they assess as "the most competent and reformist" for the past 23 years, and so they want to give Ukraine serious financial support. John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State will arrive in Kyiv on Thursday to confirm allied position of the U.S. But the newspaper treats the possibility of providing Ukraine with arms skeptically.

The Administration of the President of the United States realizes that Vladimir Putin, who recently called the Ukrainian army a "foreign NATO legion," will take military assistance as declaration of war.

According to the publication, which refers to a source close to the U.S. intelligence service, the security services managed to intercept the message of the Russian general, who urges to implement pre-emptive nuclear strike against Ukraine if it receives an invitation to join NATO.

However, according to intelligence, this leak of information could be a deliberate "throw-in", but such statements clearly indicate "unpredictability of Russia, which is ready to save Ukraine by all means." Washington is alert by the news about possible deployment of nuclear weapons in Crimea, as well as "dramatic modernization" of Russia's nuclear arsenal.

Analysts believe that "Putin raised stakes so it would be possible to put on the table the things that until recently seemed to be unacceptable." According to the calculations of Putin, the U.S. is rather weakly connected with Europe and the United States will not be able to respond quickly or effectively enough, if he tries to change the European system. "We can prove he is wrong. But we will need to raise our stakes. U.S. politicians will need to fundamentally change their position on the relations between the U.S. and Europe," the author sums up.

Earlier it was reported that the U.S. Department State tends to believe that Ukraine still needs to be provided with new weapon.