German and French Foreign Ministers Heiko Maas and Jean-Yves Le Drian warned Russia about the consequences of the invasion of Ukraine, reads the joint statement of the heads of diplomacy of the two countries in support of Ukraine, published on the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany.
"Germany and France strongly support Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. Against the background of renewed fears about the movement of Russian troops and material assets near Ukraine, we call on Russia to exercise restraint and provide transparent information about its military actions. Any new attempt to undermine the territorial integrity of Ukraine will have dire consequences," the German and French foreign ministers said in a statement following their meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
They also expressed concern over the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in Donbas. The ministers also stressed their commitment to resolving the conflict on the basis of the Minsk agreements.
"We regret that Russia has repeatedly refused to meet at the level of foreign ministers in the Normandy format, and we reiterate our readiness for a meeting as soon as possible and for a constructive and substantive exchange of views," the ministers said.
They called on Russia to do the same to achieve lasting peace in Donbas.
As it was reported by Bloomberg on November 11, the USA has warned its European partners about a possible Russian military operation against Ukraine. According to the agency, Washington's assessments are based on information that the American side has not yet shared with the EU. Officials familiar with the White House say this information is backed up by publicly available evidence.
The satellite photos taken by Western experts on November 2 confirmed reports that Russia is again concentrating troops and military hardware on the border with Ukraine. The images were taken by Colorado-based US space technology company Maxar Technologies, which handed them over to Politico.
Later Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) Secretary Oleksiy Danilov, in his turn, called this information “deliberate disinformation”.
On November 8 Bloomberg reported with reference to the Janes company report that Russia is moving tanks to the Ukrainian border. This time, observers noticed a battalion of T80-U tanks in the Voronezh region.
First Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Dmitry Polyansky denied the publication of Bloomberg that Russia could allegedly plan an invasion of Ukraine.
US and European Union officials expressed concern that Russia has resumed its troop build-up near the border with Ukraine.