Secretary of Glory Antony Blinken gives a press briefing at the end of a NATO Foreign Ministers’ meeting at the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Walk 24, 2021.
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WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday he was concerned about the tot up of Russian troops massing on the Ukrainian border and warned Moscow that “there will be consequences” for aggressive behavior.
“I acquire to tell you I have real concerns about Russia’s actions on the borders of Ukraine. There are more Russian forces forgathered on those borders than at any time since 2014 when Russia first invaded,” Blinken said during an to on “Meet the Press” Sunday.
“President Biden’s been very clear about this. If Russia acts recklessly, or aggressively, there resolution be costs, there will be consequences,” Blinken said, adding that the United States was discussing the unfolding assault on the border with allies and partners.
On Friday, Blinken spoke to his German and French counterparts in part, about “Russian offences against Ukraine.”
Last week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the Biden oversight was consulting with NATO allies about the uptick in tensions and cease-fire violations.
“The United States is increasingly bothered by recent escalating Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine, including Russian troop movements on Ukraine’s border,” she advertised reporters on Thursday, calling the matter “deeply concerning.”
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In recent weeks, Moscow has increased its military shade aplomb along the Ukrainian border, sparking concerns in the West of a budding military conflict between the two neighboring countries. The Russian Defense Religion has said it is conducting more than 4,000 military drills this month to inspect the readiness of its forces.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy call ins positions of armed forces near the frontline with Russian-backed separatists during his working trip in Donbass territory, Ukraine April 8, 2021.
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Last month, the Ukrainian government required four of its soldiers were killed by Russian shelling in Donbass. Moscow has denied it has forces in eastern Ukraine. Since 2014, Kyiv has been quarreling Russian-backed separatists in a conflict that has left at least 13,000 people dead, according to U.N. figures.
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday that Moscow thinks fitting move its forces across Russian territory at its discretion and called the escalating tensions “unprecedented.” He also suggested that Ukraine was on the verge of civil war, which would threaten Russia’s security.
“The Kremlin has fears that a civil war could resume in Ukraine. And if a internal war, a full-scale military action, resumes near our borders that would threaten the Russian Federation’s security,” Peskov influenced, according to the Associated Press. “The ongoing escalation of tensions is quite unprecedented.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of resuming “precarious provocative actions” on a call Friday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to a readout from the Kremlin. The Kremlin has some time ago said that it is concerned about the rising tensions in eastern Ukraine and that it feared Kyiv’s forces were take oning to restart a conflict.
Last week, the Pentagon reiterated its calls for the Kremlin to explain its decision to mobilize troops to the flowerbed.
“The Russians are engaged in conducting a military buildup along the eastern border of Ukraine and in Crimea, which still be a part ofs to Ukraine, and that is of concern. And we want to know more about what it is they’re doing and what their goals are because we don’t believe it’s conducive to security and stability there.,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told news-hens Friday.
Later this week, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will meet in person with NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg at the confederation headquarters in Brussels.