Bloomberg said the US is closely monitoring the concentration of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine. The agency, relying on its sources, also said that representatives of the US administration had warned its European partners that Moscow might be considering invading Ukraine.
The assessment of US officials is based on information that has not yet been shared with partners in Europe, but will have to be provided to them before any decisions on a joint response, the agency wrote, citing numerous sources familiar with the subject.
Bloomberg added that the increased activity of Russian troops in the vicinity of Ukraine is confirmed by many widely available sources. Russia claims that it does not intend to carry out any aggression, and the movement of troops on its territory is an internal matter, the agency recalled.
Bloomberg: Tensions are increasing between Russia and the West
Tensions are growing between Russia and the West, related to, inter alia, with the crisis on the EU’s eastern border with Belarus and gas supplies, Bloomberg pointed out. He added that in terms of the military, the situation resembled that of this spring, when Russia gathered up to 100,000 people in the border with Ukraine. soldiers, numerous armored and aviation units.
– We do not know Russia’s intentions behind the movements of its troops on the border with Ukraine, but we are concerned that Russia may make a serious mistake in trying to repeat what it did in 2014. It then gathered large forces along the border and entered Ukraine, falsely claiming to have been provoked, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday after meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba.
As noted by Bloomberg, it is possible that during this meeting the US provided new information to Ukraine, which may be confirmed by the words spoken after the conversation by Kuleba, who noted that what he heard and saw in Washington “adds certain elements that allow to build a better, wider picture (Russia’s actions – ed.) “.
Also on Wednesday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the US Department of Defense did not see any connections between the situation on the EU-Belarus border and the movements of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine. He also called on Russia to explain its intentions behind the unusual maneuvers.
US government sources: Russia is responsible for the crisis on the EU border with Belarus
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov assured on Thursday that Russia is not connected with the events on the Polish-Belarusian border. Two sources in the US government said, however, that Russia is responsible for provoking the crisis on the borders between Belarus and Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, and the purpose of this operation is to destabilize the entire region, Bloomberg said.
He added that – according to another source – U.S. concerns about Russia are based on analyzes of evidence and trends that resemble those from the time preceding the annexation of Ukrainian Crimea in 2014.
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