Vladimir Putin’s threat of war to flood Europe with ‘millions of refugees’ | World | News
With lingering tension still dominating the region, various reports suggest that Mr Putin is poised to invade Ukraine imminently. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied that Russia would take such steps, and Ukraine has also played down the idea that a conflict would ensue.
However, with many countries advising their nations to leave Ukraine, including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, the risk of a large movement of people should a conflict break out n is not impossible.
Taking to Twitter to make this argument, Workers Party GB leader and political commentator George Galloway warned of what could happen.
He said: “If there is a war, millions of Ukrainian refugees will head west.
“They haven’t told you yet.”
The sentiment supported by Mr Galloway was echoed by Forbes magazine.
Writing in the internationally acclaimed journal, Andy Semotiuk said: “Although a plethora of Western articles dealing with the crisis have been published, one aspect of the conflict that has not been given sufficient consideration is the likely exodus refugees from Ukraine.
According to Oleksii Reznikov, Ukrainian Defense Minister: “A major war in Ukraine would plunge all of Europe into crisis.
“The sudden appearance of three to five million Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion would be just one of many major concerns facing European society.”
WATCH footage showing Russian tanks rolling towards Ukraine
Confirming this view, a senior Western intelligence official said: “We could have a very large number of refugees, one could reasonably expect the deaths to be high, as well as the destruction in Ukraine.”
Suggesting that a similar situation has been avoided in the past, Mr Semotiuk said: “These views make sense judging by the number of Ukrainians who were displaced by Russia’s 2014 intrusion into the Donbass region in Ukraine.
“The war that then broke out in eastern Ukraine left 14,000 dead, 30,000 injured and around 1.5 million displaced.
“Fortunately for the West in 2014, Ukraine absorbed these internally displaced people into its western territories, so there was no outflow of immigrants or burden of refugees to bear on the EU.
“This time it seems likely that things will be different.
“Depending on the degree of the invasion, there may not be Ukrainian territories to absorb the displaced people.”
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Before arriving at this situation, broker diplomacy takes place on a global scale.
French President Emmanuel Macron leads the liaison between Russia, the EU, NATO and the United States.
After a 5-hour long meeting with Mr. Putin in Moscow, followed by a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky, Mr. Macron signaled that Moscow would not seek to step up its military presence on its southern border.
Soft power has also been widely used in recent rhetoric emanating from the West.
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US President Joe Biden has said Russia will pay serious economic consequences if it invades Ukraine.
Mr Biden also hinted that the NordStream II pipeline would be included in the sanctions, resulting in significant financial losses for Moscow if it happened.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss echoed Mr Biden’s threat of sanctions, saying London would also punish Russian assets if a dispute erupted.
The United States sent 3,000 troops to Eastern Europe to send a message of NATO unity to the Kremlin, however, the Pentagon said the troops would not be engaged in a military conflict in Ukraine .
CNN also revealed today that the United States is ordering an additional 3,000 troops from Romania as the United States continues rhetoric that a Russian invasion may be imminent.
According to figures published by the European Union, 37 million people out of the 447.3 million Europeans were born outside the EU.
The figures are equivalent to 8.3% of the population.