The Russian-Western tension reached its peak regarding the situation in Ukraine, which demanded an acceleration of its accession to the “NATO” alliance in the face of Russia, which lit a red light and warned against this step, and also threatened to confront any Western military deployment in Ukraine. This comes as Kiev accused Moscow last week of mobilizing thousands of soldiers on its northern and eastern borders, as well as in the Crimea peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014. These stances and intensify armed confrontations between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in Donbas raise fears of an escalation in the conflict that began in 2014.
Yesterday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for (NATO) to accelerate his country’s accession process to the alliance. Zelensky spoke by phone with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, after the increase in armed confrontations and Russian military movements on the border. In a tweet after the call, Zelensky said it was time for NATO to endorse the action plan for Ukraine’s accession to the organization.
Kiev’s Western allies were quick to defend it with a data series warning Russia not to take any further moves. The Secretary-General of “NATO” expressed his concern about Russian military activities in Ukraine. “I called President Zelensky to express my deep concern” about these activities, Stoltenberg said in a tweet. He added that the alliance “strongly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” “We remain vigilant and will continue to closely follow the situation,” he said.
The United States and Britain also expressed concern. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the concerns emerged after “credible” reports of Russian troop movements along the borders with Ukraine and Crimea. He added that US President Joe Biden spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also spoke with Zelensky. “They discussed the strong concerns in the UK about recent Russian military activity on the Ukrainian border and in the illegally annexed Crimea island,” a spokesman for Johnson said.
Moscow did not deny the recent troop movements, but stressed that it “does not threaten anyone.” At the same time, it warned that it would take “necessary measures” in the event of a Western military deployment in Ukraine. The Kremlin spokesman said yesterday that Ukraine’s accession to NATO would exacerbate the conflict in Ukraine.
In light of the new tensions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on Germany and France to return the Ukrainian government “to its senses.” He said yesterday, “There are no vigorous steps on the part of our French and German colleagues to restore the Ukrainian side to its senses.” He described the reactions of the West as “disappointing.”
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that representatives from Russia and the United States discussed the situation in Ukraine.
Ryabkov said that Russia was conducting high-level contacts with the United States on aspects of tension related to Ukraine and rejected fears of a Russian military build-up, although Moscow had pledged to respond to new Ukrainian sanctions.
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