New data collected by US intelligence services show a large movement of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine, an area that continues to be the scene of a war that has already killed around 14,000 people. Kremlin says NATO allies are inventing “provocations”.
The United States guarantees that it has new information about the placement of Russian troops on the borders between Russia and Ukraine – and, according to “Bloomberg”, it is enough for some emissaries of President Joe Biden’s administration to have decided to alert allies in Europe to the risk of a new Russian incursion into Ukrainian territory, as happened in 2014, when Crimea was annexed.
“We are not clear about Moscow’s intentions, but we are well aware of its course of action, and our concern is that Russia could make the serious mistake of trying to remake what it undertook in 2014,” said the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, at a meeting this week in Washington with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. and more comprehensive,” said Kuleba.
In the daily Telegraph, British government sources acknowledged that there is “some annoyance” and “anxiety” at the military summits on both sides of the Atlantic given the number of troops that can be seen accumulating on the Russian-American border. Ukraine. Some are elite brigades and there are tanks and other arsenals already deployed. The Americans say they spoke with Moscow about this new information and warned against the “serious error” that would be an escalation of the military situation between the two countries. The Kremlin denies it is planning any aggression and accuses NATO allies of “provoking”.
These moves come at a time when Belarus – a country allied with Moscow, with a leader, Aleksander Lukashenko, completely dependent on Russia to stay in power – is allowing the entry of thousands of Middle Eastern migrants into the European Union. European leaders know that Lukashenko would never open this war with his neighbors to the west if he didn’t have the support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Adding to this very volatile situation is the issue of energy security in Europe. Putin has promised to increase the supply of natural gas starting this week but is delaying the fulfillment of that promise as a way to pressure European regulators to quickly approve the operation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, from Russia to Germany, a project to which the US and Ukraine are opposed precisely because of scenarios of permanent military tension like the ones that are repeated now.
On Thursday, the situation became even more tense when the Kremlin had to send a fighter to the Black Sea area to intercept what the Russian press referred to as a “British spy plane”, according to the “Telegraph”. Moscow guarantees that there is an increase in NATO “activity” in this area. On Thursday, the Russian military and secret services detected two US ships and four spy planes.
“The Russian Defense Ministry treats the military activity of the US and its allies in the Black Sea region as the exploitation of a potential theater of war should Ukraine prepare a military operation to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine,” he said, quoted by “Bloomberg”, Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense.
Joe Biden has even discussed the situation with the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who was in Washington. The North American Vice President, Kamala Harris, also raised the issue with the French President, Emmanuel Macron, in Paris, according to sources from “Bloomberg”. Let’s remember that at the beginning of November, CIA Director William Burns, who was also ambassador to Moscow, flew to Russia, where he spoke on the phone with President Putin. According to White House communiqués, he conveyed Joe Biden’s concerns.
Russia supports the separatists of eastern Ukraine in a war that has killed 14,000 people.
Source: with agencies