Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to support militants shelling residential areas – over several months there have suffered a lot of people. Today, the White House is discussing the issue of providing military support to the Ukrainian army and Putin's reaction in case of a positive answer, Joinfo.ua reports.
"I don't think anybody wants to get into a proxy war with Russia. Our objective here is to change the behavior of Russia," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
Nina Khrushcheva, a professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at the New School in New York believes that Putin will react aggressively to the provision of U.S. arms to Ukraine. "He (Putin – Ed.) will react badly. Moscow stated earlier that Ukraine would not be able to prevail in this conflict by means of force. And if the United States really starts to supply Kyiv with weapon, Russia will raise stakes, and the war itself might cease being mediated and will turn into something much more terrible for Europe and the United States – in fact, it can retract the entire European continent," Khrushcheva said.
That is why today Europe does not talk about providing military assistance to Ukraine.
Thus, there arises the question of how to help Ukraine to deter Putin's aggression.
Of course, Russia must be brought to negotiations. There are certain things that Putin wants – he wants the attachment of Crimea, a Ukrainian region annexed by Russia in March, to be recognized. Putin wants to settle this matter most of all. In addition, Putin wants to achieve federalization of Ukraine, Khrushcheva believes.
According to her, now Putin really wants to raise stakes because the number of troops has increased, there are more clashes. And all this is done to ensure that the West clearly sees his position and as a result they will decide to give him something, so that he at least partially leaves Ukraine, does not move forward and not turn (the situation) into a full-fledged war.
However, Nina Khrushcheva believes that he would not leave Ukraine alone without achieving his goals.
"He is not that kind of person, he does not retreat. Even if he wants to take a step back, he won't do that – he will rather take the whole country with him," the expert added.