The mobilization of 300,000 Russian reservists announced this Wednesday by President Vladimir Putin has caused dozens of reactions throughout the international board. One of the first countries to speak out was the United States, whose ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brink, has described Russia’s call as “sign of weakness” and “failure”.
“The United States will never recognize Russia’s claims to the supposedly annexed Ukrainian territory, and we will continue to support Ukraine for as long as necessary,” Brink continued in a message on the social network Twitter in reference to the holding of integration referendums in Ukraine. the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.
“Sham referenda and mobilization are signs of weakness, of Russian failure. The United States will never recognize Russia’s claim to purportedly annexed Ukrainian territory, and we will continue to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes.“
— Ambassador Bridget A. Brink (@USAmbKyiv) September 21, 2022
Ukraine He hasn’t been silent either. The adviser to the Ukrainian president, Mijailo Podolyak, recalled after hearing the news that the war that Russia hoped would last three days is already on day 210 and has finally resulted in a mobilization. “Still going according to plan, right? Life has a great sense of humor”added in a tweet.
The European Union considers the decision “desperate”
The spokesman for the head of community diplomacy, Peter Stano, also spoke on Wednesday about the call for Russian reservists, which he said was a “desperate” decision. Thus, he has ensured that the Russian president “he is only interested in moving forward and continuing his destructive war”.
“President Putin’s speech and the announcements he made, both about the referendum in the occupied Ukrainian territories and about the partial mobilization, are further proof that Putin is not interested in peace”, he indicated at the daily press conference of the European Commission.
In this war, there is only one aggressor, Russia, and one aggressed country, Ukraine.
EU’s support to #ukraine will remain steady.“
— CharlesMichel (@CharlesMichel) September 21, 2022
The EU’s response has been joined by the president of the European Council, who wrote on Twitter this Wednesday to remind Ukraine that the 27 member states will continue to work on the side of the country led by Volodímir Zelensky. “In this war, there is only one aggressor, Russia, and one attacked country, Ukraine,” he concluded.
UK asks to take Russian mobilization “very seriously”
The minister of the UK foreign office, Gillian Keegan, has also reacted to Putin’s decision. According to the British, the mobilization “is something that we must take very seriously.” “We’re not in control and I’m sure he isn’t either. obviously it’s a climb“, he told the television channel SkyNews.
The Secretary of State for Defense, Ben Wallace, has also assured that Putin “is breaking his own promises” about not mobilizing parts of his population and regarding the illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories. “They are an admission that their invasion is failing”he pointed out in a statement posted on Twitter.
“No amount of threats or propaganda can hide the fact that Ukraine is winning this war, the international community is united and Russia is becoming a global outcast“, has concluded in the note.
China advocates “dialogue” to reach a ceasefire
For its part, Chinese has called for “dialogue” and support “any effort” leading to a ceasefire in Ukraine. “All efforts leading to a peaceful resolution to this crisis must be supported,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin briefly responded to a question about the mobilization.
In this sense, the spokesman assured that China’s position on the conflict “has always been clear and has not changed”, and that it involves “respecting the territorial integrity of all countries”, but, at the same time, paying attention to the “legitimate concerns of all countries”, referring to Russia.
Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, met last Thursday in the Uzbek city of Samarkand, where they confirmed their “friendship”. At that meeting, Xi assured that he is willing to work with Russia to “support each other” on issues concerning their respective “fundamental interests.”
Navalni predicts a great tragedy in the “criminal war”
The imprisoned Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalni, has predicted a great tragedy with the mobilization of Russian reservists for the “criminal war” in Ukraine. “Now it is clear that this criminal war is getting worse and Putin tries to involve the largest number of people. He wants hundreds of thousands of people to be stained with blood,” he said in a video conference during a court hearing.
Likewise, Nalvalni has assured that the magnitude of the crime and the number of those involved have increased only with the aim that “one person retains personal power”, alluding to the head of the Kremlin, in office since 2000.
“Putin is losing the neighboring country, he is murdering people there and now he is throwing into the shredder of war a large number of Russian citizens who should lead a normal life and take care of their families“, has added.
Latvia says it will not offer refuge to Russians fleeing mobilization
Latvia, a member state of the European Union that borders Russia, has reacted to Putin’s announcement by assuring that it will not offer refuge to any Russian fleeing the mobilization of troops from Moscow. This was stated on Twitter by the Latvian Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkevics.
“For security reasons, Latvia will not issue humanitarian or other visas to those Russian citizens who avoid mobilization, nor will it change the border crossing restrictions for Russian citizens with Schengen visas introduced since September 19,” he wrote.
“#Putin announced “partial” mobilization and annexation of parts of #ukraine. We must not give in to his blackmail from him and support Ukraine as much as we can. #russia is as dangerous to Europe and the world’s peace today as Nazi Germany was in the last century #StandWithUkraine“
— Edgars Rinkēvičs (@edgarsrinkevics) September 21, 2022
Rinkevics has also emphasized that do not “give in” to Russian “blackmail” and that Ukraine should be supported “as much as we can”. “Russia is dangerous for peace in Europe and in the world, just as the Nazis were in the last century,” she added.
Spain calls Russia’s decision “dramatic news”
The Government of Spain has also ruled on Putin’s latest decision in Ukraine. Specifically, the third vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, has branded the mobilization as “dramatic news” that confirms “a long and cruel war, enormously unjust and harsh”.
In his opinion, the war will also be “hugely cruel” to Russian citizens, “mobilized by force in a war that neither goes nor comes to them, nor is it going to improve their lives at all”. For this reason, his conclusion is that for the European Union and for the rest of the world “a complicated winter is predicted”.
Likewise, the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, has considered that Putin has lost the war in Ukraine, although he has opted to cause “more deaths and more destruction” with his decision to mobilize his citizens for the contest. “As much as he tries to create more destruction and generate more pain, they are going to lose the war,” he assured this Wednesday.