Today, Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry transferred more than 10 naval ships, including landing craft, from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea to take part in exercises.
Western countries and die Ukraine have concerns about the reinforcement of the Russian military in voiced near Ukraine. Moscow has announced that its armed forces in stay in the region for as long as it deems necessary and that it poses no threat.
Kiev had rang alarm bells after Russian military officials in near the border had been reinforced and die Violence along the border between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in in the Ukrainian Donbass region.
In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Kiev of a provocative move in of eastern Ukraine, describing it as a fuel for tension in of the region.
The Kremlin said Putin discussed the matter with Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone today, Thursday, and die both leaders expressed concern about die location in of Eastern Ukraine.
Merkel’s office said for its part in a statement that the Chancellor asked Putin to build up Russian troops in reduce near Ukraine.
“One of the topics of conversation was among other things die increasing Russian military presence in near eastern Ukraine, “it says in the explanation. “The Chancellor called for these military reinforcements to be reduced die To calm tensions. “
For his part, Putin emphasized to Merkel die Responsibility of Kiev, “whose recent provocations are aimed at die To deliberately exacerbate the situation at the front “.
According to the Kremlin, the two heads of state and government called for “restraint and activation of the negotiation process” while die Franco-German mediated peace talks between Ukraine and Russia reached a dead end.
Found in December 2019 in Paris die last peace talks took place at which the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Chancellor Angela Merkel, die Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin attended.
In a similar context, President Zelensky reached out to Russia on Thursday amid escalating clashes and renewed tensions with Russia die Front line in conflict with the pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.
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