Russia is currently bringing soldiers, tanks, and missiles to the border with Ukraine. The US government fears an attack in December. Now the Kremlin is expressing itself.
Moscow accused the United States of reacting “hysterically” to the movements of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine. “This hysteria is artificially frightening,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on state television. “Those who sent their soldiers from abroad accuse us of carrying out extraordinary military activities on our soil. They refer to the United States.”
The The US government has expressed “real concern” about the recent Russian troop movements near the Ukrainian border. When asked whether the US intelligence services assume that the President of Russia Vladimir Putin The US Secretary of State said that seeking to invade Ukraine Anthony Blink “We don’t know President Putin’s intentions. But we know what happened in the past,” Blinken said on Saturday, apparently with a view to annexing Crimea.
According to information from the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung” (FAS), the US government feared an attack in December when the floors froze in Eastern Europe and the tanks were no longer submerged in the mud.
September UN meeting: US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken (right) met his Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov – a meeting of heads of state is being planned. (Source: SNA Images / imago)
US Secretary of State: “We know the scenario”
“We know the scenario of using a mock provocation by Ukraine or another country as a pretext for something that Russia has been planning for a long time,” Blinken said. On Thursday, Putin accused the West of escalating the conflict in Ukraine through US and NATO military exercises in the Black Sea.
Tensions between Russia and the West are also rising in other regions. Several Western countries believe that Moscow is behind the current refugee crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border. There was also sharp criticism from the United States of a Russian missile test, in which a satellite was destroyed in mid-November.
Despite the tensions, according to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, preparations are currently underway for the second summit between Putin and the US President. Joe Biden.
Thousands of soldiers, tanks and planes are ready
NATO partners and the government in Kiev have been accusing Russia for days of stoking tensions by deploying large forces to the border with Ukraine and possibly even preparing for an invasion.
As early as March, Russia amassed thousands of soldiers, heavy military equipment, naval ships and Air Force aircraft near the Ukrainian border and in the annexed Crimea region in a massive deployment of forces. Weeks later, Moscow finally declared the alleged exercise over and withdrew its soldiers. Now, according to the West, there are again huge movements of Russian troops towards the border, tanks and missiles can be seen in the videos.
In the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian army in eastern Ukraine, which began since 2014, more than 13,000 people have already been killed.