In a tense atmosphere between NATO and Russia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg put it in guard Tuesday against Russia’s intentions towards Ukraine. “There is no clarity on Russian intentions, but there is an extraordinary build-up of strength for the second time quest’year, “he said during his visit to NATO forces in Latvia.
“We see heavy equipment, drones, electronic warfare systems and tens of thousands of soldiers ready to fight,” he added.
These statements came as foreign ministers from NATO countries met today to discuss confrontation with Russian military reinforcements on the Ukrainian border amid concerns that the Kremlin is preparing for a raid.
This meeting in Riga, the capital of Latvia, coincides with NATO countries facing a refugee crisis, accusing Kremlin-backed Belarus of conceiving it.
Interestingly, Western countries, led by the United States, have expressed more than once in recent days their fear that Moscow is planning a raid in Ukraine after accusing the Kremlin of amassing its forces near the border.
“An attack in a blink of an eye “
Meanwhile, Moscow, which annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and supports separatists in northern Ukraine, has vehemently denied these allegations, blaming NATO for the escalation of tension.
As for Kiev, he has called on his allies more than once to move quickly to prevent Russian forces from invading his lands and on Monday he also confirmed that Moscow could initiate an attack. “in in the blink of an eye. “” It is better to act now than later “to” keep Russia in check, “Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said during a press conference online.
He also accused the Russians of mobilizing 115,000 soldiers at the border, in Crimea, as well as in the Ukrainian regions under the control of separatists in the east of the country.
Interestingly, Russian-Ukrainian relations have seen intermittent tensions since 2014, against the backdrop of the war that broke out between Kiev and the pro-Moscow separatists, shortly after the annexation of Crimea by questlatest, which has resulted in the deaths of over 13,000 people since then.
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