Ukraine accuses Russia of moving against it and calls on its allies to act, and the Secretary-General of NATO considers the situation on the border unpredictable and that Moscow is not ready for dialogue.
Ukraine on Monday called on its allies to “move quickly” to prevent Russia from “invading its territory”, stressing that Moscow could launch an offensive “in the blink of an eye” at a time when Russian troop movements near the border with Ukraine raise the West’s concern.
“It is better to act now than later” in order to “restrain Russia,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said during an online press conference.
According to Kuleba, Russia has amassed 115,000 soldiers on its borders with Ukraine, on the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014, and in the Ukrainian regions under the control of separatists in the east of the country.
“What we see is very dangerous. Russia has deployed a large military force near the Ukrainian border, which includes tanks, artillery systems, electronic warfare systems, air forces and navy,” he added.
The minister considered that this military deployment would enable Russia to launch an attack on his country “in the blink of an eye.”
Kuleba stressed that his country would respond in the event of an attack, adding, “We are determined to defend our land. Our country has become more robust and our army is immeasurably stronger than it was in 2014.”
NATO: Our military forces in the Baltic Sea aim to deter Russia from any aggression against Ukraine
In the context of these events, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the alliance’s military forces in the Baltic Sea aim to “deter Russia from any aggression against Ukraine.”
At the conclusion of the first day of the NATO foreign ministers’ meetings in Latvia, Stoltenberg indicated that the members of the alliance had discussed in their meetings “increasing the military power of Russia on the borders of Ukraine”, considering that “the situation is unpredictable and any hostile act against Ukraine will have a heavy price.” As he claimed.
Stoltenberg stressed that “Russia has the right to display its forces wherever it wants on its borders, but it must be transparent and avoid escalation, and this is the opposite of what we see now.”
Stoltenberg considered that NATO’s positioning of military forces in the Baltic Sea “is a direct response to Russia’s actions,” stressing, “Our goal is to deter Moscow against any aggression against Ukraine.”
Stoltenberg continued, saying: “We believe that dialogue is essential, but unfortunately Moscow does not want dialogue (as he claimed), and we invite it to dialogue by engaging in the NATO-Russia Council.”
was Two days ago, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba announced, Russia hopes that the Minsk agreements will fail, which will secure its freedom of action.
In an interview with the German newspaper “Zeit”, Kuleba said, in response to a question about the fate of the Minsk Accords: “I think that Russia may be pleased with the failure of the Minsk Accords, because that would give it freedom of action. But we do not want to give them this luxury.”
This The director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergey Naryshkin, deniedA few days ago, there was a “Russian invasion” of Ukraine, as Washington claimed, noting “the need for restraint on the part of Russia and the strengthening of its defenses.”
“This is nonsense, nothing like this will happen, these allegations are malicious propaganda by the US State Department, and they inflated a big bubble around this lie,” Naryshkin said on Russia 1 channel.