Russia says military accumulation near Ukraine is a response to NATO

Moscow-Russia’s defense minister said Tuesday that the country’s massive military buildup in the west was part of a threat from NATO and preparatory training in what he said.

Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said the operation in western Russia, which was warned by NATO, would continue for another two weeks, worried about neighboring Ukraine.

Shoygu said in a meeting with the best military brass that he claimed that the ongoing exercise was an ongoing effort by the United States and its NATO allies to strengthen their army near the Russian border. Said that it was a response.

In the last three weeks, the Russian army has deployed two troops and three paratroopers in the western region “in response to the military operations of the alliance that threatens Russia,” the defense minister said.

“The military has shown that it is fully prepared to carry out its mission to ensure the security of the country,” he said.

The United States and its allies have violated the concentration of Russian troops along the Ukrainian border and the breach of the war in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-burned separatists and Ukrainian troops have been trapped in conflict since the 2014 merger of Moscow. Of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula warning about the increase.

More than 14,000 people have died in the fighting in eastern Ukraine, and efforts to negotiate a political solution are stalled. NATO chiefs on Tuesday said recent Russian deployments have had the most military concentration near the Ukrainian border since 2014.

The White House said in a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that US President Joe Biden expressed concern about Russia’s accumulation and “asked Russia to ease tensions.”

At a separate meeting with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and NATO Secretary General Jens Stortemberg strongly support Ukraine and tell Russia to strengthen its troops along the eastern border of the former Soviet Republic. I warned.

In recent tensions, the United States has informed Turkey that two US warships will depart for the Black Sea on April 14 and April 15, and will remain in the Black Sea until May 4 and May 5. It has plagued Moscow for years.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov accused the latest deployment of being “openly provocative,” adding that “American ships have nothing to do near our coast.”

“They are testing our strength and playing with our nerves,” Ryabkov said in a statement made by a Russian news agency. “The United States, which sees itself as the Queen of the Sea, needs to be aware that the risk of various incidents is very high. We stay away from the Crimea and the Black Sea coast for our own benefit. Warn the United States that it should. “

NATO Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said in a press conference with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister on Tuesday that he was “unjustified, unexplained and deeply concerned” about the Russian movement, “unwavering” the Western military alliance against Ukraine. Expressed support.

The Kremlin argues that Russia is free to deploy troops anywhere in its territory and plans to regain control of rebels with “provocative action” and force along the eastern line of control. I have repeatedly accused him of doing so.

Ryabkov reaffirmed on Tuesday that “if there is an escalation, we will do everything to ensure our own safety and the safety of our citizens,” and “Kiev and his western curators are in that hypothesis. I will take full responsibility for the results. ” escalation. “

Vladimir Isachenkov

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