NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Moscow to reduce tensions on the border with Ukraine, where there is another concentration of Russian troops. This was discussed during a joint press conference of Stoltenberg and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba, reports the North Atlantic Alliance press-service reports.
"We have just discussed the security situation in and around Ukraine. In recent weeks, we have seen large and unusual concentrations of Russian forces close to Ukraine’s borders. Similar to Russia’s build-up in Crimea and the Black Sea region earlier this year. NATO remains vigilant. We are monitoring the situation very closely. And we continue to consult among Allies and with partners such as Ukraine and the European Union," Stoltenberg stated.
He warned that any further provocations or aggressive actions against Ukraine by Russia would cause serious concern.
"We call on Russia to be transparent about its military activities. It is important to prevent escalations and reduce tensions. NATO stands with Ukraine. We do not, and will not, accept Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea. And we call on Russia to end its support for militants in the Donbas. All NATO Allies are united in their condemnation of Russia’s behaviour," NATO Secretary General added.
He also assured NATO and Allies plan to continue to provide significant political and practical support to Ukraine.
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.