Russian troops near Ukraine: Blinken does not rule out provocation

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russia can stage a provocation near the borders of Ukraine to justify new aggression against Ukraine
09:23, 8 January 2022

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken believes that Russia can arrange a provocation near the borders of Ukraine. Thus, in his opinion, Moscow can justify new aggression against Ukraine. He stated this at a briefing.

"No one should be surprised if Russia arranges a provocation or incident, and then tries to use this to justify a military intervention (in Ukraine - ed.) In the hope that by the time the world will understand that there was catch, it will be too late," Antony Blinken said.

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Earlier, Russia continues to gradually build up its forces near the borders of Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference. He stated this after an extraordinary meeting in Brussels of the foreign ministers of the alliance member states.

"The build-up of forces has not stopped, it continues. There is a gradual strengthening, with a large number of forces with large opportunities," he said.

"Today the ministers stressed that any further aggression against Ukraine will have significant consequences and a high cost for Russia. Allies continue to support Ukraine, we fully support its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and we provide political and practical support," Stoltenberg said.


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